R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
November 25th. 1891.
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
C. C. BUEL.
John Muir, Esq.
Martinez, Cal.My dear Muir :-
I have just time to acknowledge receipt of your fifteen original sketches of Alaska glaciers, and of the letters relating to the Yosemite, to which I will give attention as soon as possible.
In the report of the Secretary of the Interior, to appear on Monday next, he backs up the friends of the reform in Yosemite, and also has the following paragraph which will interest you:
"Your attention is also requested to the paper contributed by Mr. John Muir to the number of the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine for November, 1891, entitled 'A rival of the Yosemite - the canon of the South Fork of Kings River, California.' It furnishes maps of this section and is illustrated by most admirable engravings of the wonderful scenery there existing. The engravings are chiefly from the pencil of Mr. Charles D. Robinson. These gentlemen as well as the editors of the Century, especially Mr. Johnson, have taken a great personal interest in the forest reserves in California.
J.M.2.R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
C. C. BUEL,
and are worthy of great consideration, both from their experience and intelligence* The magazine article mentioned advocates the extension of the Sequoia National Park so as to embrace the Kings River region and the Kaweah and Tule Sequoia groves. The boundaries are there set forth.
"The subject is recommended to your favorable consideration and action."
Mr. Ward of Hite's Cove has been in to see me about altering the boundaries of the Yosemite, and we have about agreed that it is best to throw our influence in favor of a moderate reduction of the mining townships, especially as they are not very parkable. From what I can gather from the California papers there will be an effort to take off some of the territory which it is very desirable to keep. I shall look the matter up very carefully by the Land Office reports and go before the Public Lands Committee.
1891 Nov 25
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1891 Nov 25." (1891). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 128.
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