You say that Mr. [Pinchot] has given this matter the most careful consideration & is in full accord with yr [your] action in granting the right to the City. Unfortunately Mr. P never saw the H H Val or the Great Tuol [Tuolumne] Can above it & therefore his opinion shld have very little weight against that of 100s of mtn lovers who have long enjoyed & [appreciated] its wonders. Anyhow Mr. Sec. though [directly] differing with you on this important matter. I am still with sincere respect, Faithfully Yrs John Muir Crying Save our nat resources against waste while against the advice & information of friends of friends who know it [ ] [he] deliberately favored the destruction of H H the most sublime Mtn temple after Yo to be found in the park The grossest [& most] waste possible. Thus saving with one hand, destroying with the other.
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist