John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez, California

Feb. 4, 1897.

My dear Johnson

We have at last got a definite move on "Yosemite" recession but I have not yet learned what the chances of success are.
No thanks to the Sierra Club in this so far but I still hope to get a resolution favoring recession at our next directors meeting to be held on the 6th next.
Hon. C. M. Simpson is to lead the fight in the Senate.

Ever Yours

John Muir

Bancroft Library

[in margin: Return this to R. U. Johnson
Century Mag.
Union Square

California Legislature



Introduced by Mr. W. S. Melick from Pasadena

& favorably reported]

Assembly Concurrent Resolution.

No. 2


JANUARY 29, 1897.



No. 2,


WHEREAS, The Government of these United States owns and maintains as a national park, under the general title of the Yosemite National Park, certain tracts of land within the boundary lines of the State of California, comprising an area of about nine hundred thousand acres; and
WHEREAS, The Government of the United States, by special Act of Congress, approved on the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, did cause to be made to the State of California a deed in trust to certain specified sections of land designated in the trust deed as the "Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove," covering an area of about thirty-four thousand five hundred acres, and situated as nearly as may be near the center of the Yosemite National Park, which deed of trust was accepted by the Legislature of the State of California by the passage of an Act, approved April second, eighteen hundred and sixty-six; and
WHEREAS, There is now pending in the Congress of the United States a bill Which provides for the purchase by the Government of the United States of the three toll roads leading from

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the Yosemite Reservation through the Yosemite Park to the highways beyond, which, if it becomes a law, will vest in the general government absolute ownership and control of the main avenues of approach to the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove; and
WHEREAS, The best interests of the whole people of the United States, and in particular those resident on the Pacific Coast, and within the State of California, will be conserved by the recession of the possessions of the State of California lying within the boundaries of the Yosemite National Park to the general government; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That His Excellency James H. Budd, as the chief executive officer of the State of California, be, and he is hereby instructed to take such immediate action as may be necessary to secure the recession by the State of California to the general government of the United States of the grant lands included within the boundary-lines of the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove, to the end that the said grant lands may be included in, and become a part of the Yosemite National Park, to be maintained by the general government under the laws governing national parks, and that, pending the final act or acts of recession, no appropriation of State moneys for the erection of buildings, or for any purpose other than that expended for the actual cost of maintenance of the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove as provided for in existing statutes of the State of California, shall be made by the Legislature of the State of California in Senate or Assembly assembled.


Martinez, Calif

Date Original

1897 Feb 4


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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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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