R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


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[3]that institution along lines of honor and usefulness so far as I can contribute as permanent secretary. See what has happened.Six days ago I went to see a gentleman of this city to interest him in the Academy. I succeeded! He has offered us a beautiful site and $100,000 to start the fund, and now I am foraging for the rest — for a donor of the building and for $500,000 more for maintenance, for we shall need an income of at least $30,000. Of course I shall have to have a living salary for the work of organization will be tremendous & continuous. (If I were able to do so I would decline a salary as I did that of the Secretary of the Copyright League).Now, this has occurred since I called on Mrs.[2]in the Rape of the Hetch Hetchy. I sincerely hope (and with some confidence) that they may yet prevent the valley from going to the dogs. I feel just as badly as you, but I am learning not to fret over evil-doers. In fact I am mastering the demon of worry & concentrating on the beauty and kindness of the world. If I were willing to worry I could find plenty of justification in my treatment of others and in my loss of nearly a year in making my new start.But the light is breaking! We are about to realize my dream of an endowed Academy, I feel confident. If that is done, my activities thenceforth will go into the building-up of


New York

Date Original

1914 Mar 26


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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Reel 22, Image 0253

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