T[heodore] P. Lukens


John Muir


T. P. Lukens, President. William Stanton, Vice Prest. E. E. Jones Cashier.

Pasadena NAtional Bank

Pasadena, Cal. Jan. 4th. 1897

John Muir,
Martinez, Cal.
My Dear Mr. Muir:-

Your letter is at hand. You ask if you can depend upon me being- present at the annual meeting of the Sierra Club, and talk in favor of the recession of the Yosemite grant to the federal Government. I doubt if I can be present at the annual meeting, and if I should be. you know I cannot speak in public . But I believe this is the time to make the effort, as a good many of our Legislators are awake to the necessity of reducing taxation. If the Yosemite is continued in the possession of the State, it will be necessary to have a large appropriation for rebuilding the Stoneman, as well as the usual large amount for the use of the Board . If the entire Yosemite National Parle is owned by the federal Government, it will undoubtedly be managed as well as the Yellowstone National Park has been . Hotel Companies will be formed, and special privileges granted by the Government for that purpose . All roads leading into the Yosemite will be made free without a doubt . The advantage to Californians will be many fold. With the reduction of taxes, and the Park thrown open, a very much larger proportion of the people will be able to visit it at much less expense than at present.


J. P. Lukens, President. William Stanton, Vice Prest. E. E. Jones Cashier.

Pasadena National Bank

Pasadena, Cal.

I sincerely hope this natter will be taken up early in the meeting, and properly laid before the Legislature as early as possible in the session, and I feel confident that it will be successful.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

Little [Lottie] says I must send you a kiss for her



Pasadena, Cal

Date Original

1897 Jan 4


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0591

Collection Identifier

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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