John Muir


John Muir


Editor of the [Oakland] Tribune


Martinez, September 11, 1890.

To the Editor of The Tribune --- Sir:

Referring to a discussion of Yosemite affairs in your columns, I would state that twenty years ago I was employed by the month, by Mr. Hutchings, to saw lumber from fallen timber, with which to build cottages in the valley. I never cut down a single tree in the Yosemite, nor sawed a tree cut down by any other person there. Furthermore, I never held, or tried hold any sort of claim in the valley, or sold a foot of lumber there or elsewhere.
At the time of my first visit to the valley, and while I lived there Galen Clark was guardian. He is guardian now, and to that gentlemen I would refer you for further information should you require it.


John Muir


Martinez, [Calif.]

Date Original

1890 Sep 11


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 06, Image 0639

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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