[William F. Bade]


Theodore Roosevelt


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3."The purchase of the Spring Valley, together with the lake Eleanor development to which we are committed, will give us a water supply greatly in excess of the needs of the present generation. While we want the Hetch-Hetchy in reserve, it will be half a century before we shall need to connect with it."In another editorial comment of the same paper (Feb. 14, 1912) the possibility of a double use of a drainage area devoted to the purposes of a domestic water supply is thus dealt with:"But there is no such possible use. In its nature the supplying of water for domestic use excludes all other uses, because the watershed cannot be contaminated."We think that this is another occasion on which your influence may be needed to prevent the destruction of a peerless valley and the diversion from public to municipal use of a large part of Yosemite National Park to satisfy the selfish desires of one community.063184.You may be interested to learn that California is enthusiastically interested in your campaign for the Presidency. One thousand copies of your book "Realizable Ideals" have been ordered for use in Southern California.With warm regards to Mrs. Roosevelt and yourself,Very cordially yours.WFB/F06318


[San Francisco]

Date Original

[ca. 1912 Mar]


Original letter dimensions: 14 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 20, Image 0873

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