R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


December 29, 1890.

Mr. John Muir,
Martinez, Gal.

Dear Mr. Muir,

Thank you very much for the sketches of the Kings River Yosemite. They will be of use to us in the illustration of your article. Possibly we may redraw some of them.
I have asked Robinson to consult with you in regard to his sketches. I quite agree with you as to the desirability of showing the floor of the valley.
I do not know whether I have told you heretofore that Colonel Armstrong of Cloverdale has appointed me one of the trustees of his Red Wood Park of six hundred acres which he has just set apart for public use. The other trustees are Shinn, Luther, Burbank of Santa Rosa, E. J. Wickson of the Pacific Rural Press and of the University of California, and the fifth is to be named when the Act is obtained from the Assembly. Coming after my newspaper experience in California this is a great honor, and I have accepted it.
With kindest wishes for the New Year to Mrs.



Muir and yourself and the children, I am indeed,

Faithfully yours,

R.U. Johnson.

I ought to say that there has been found to be an error in the description of the new Yosemite Park, the error of the enrolling clerk. After consulting with A. H. Ward of Mariposa, who seems to be a first-class man and who is dead against the Yosemite ring, I have concluded to ask the Public Lands Committee, in rectifying this clerical error, to add two of the townships so as to join the new reservation to the Big Tree ground, and then to omit from the new park all lands lying south and west of the Merced River, the south fork of the Merced River, and Devils Gulch. This is the land west of Wawona which is largely occupied by ranches and is not adapted to park purposes. Will you tell me whether you think this advisable or not? Of course our first intention was to include the Big Trees, but the land-office description by townships did not hit the mark.

Very sincerely yours,




… Union Square, New York

Date Original

1890 Dec 29


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.

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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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