R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
February 10th, 1893.
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
.C. C. BUEL,
John Muir, Esq.
My dear Muir
Now, if ever, is the time to push Yosemite recession to a vote in the California Legislature, as well as to labor with the Governor in ease you see any prospect of getting the bill through(illegible) I say "now", because I have just had an interview with Mr. Alien, special agent of the Department, who tells me that he saw you in San Francisco, and that Noble's great scheme for the reservation of the upper Sierra, from Wawona to the latitude of Bakersfield, is to be proclaimed very soon.
For reasons which I have already expressed to you in a recent letter which you had not received when you wrote your note of the 3rd of February, nothing practical can be done in Congress until we hear the result of the movement in the California Legislature. It is very desirable that if you cannot succeed you should get the thing to a vote, at least, for that would give us an excuse for moving for an investigation* as 1 shall certainly do upon the reassembling of Congress in extra session, this spring. I shall have a motion made for a Congressional investigation, and report
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
R. U. JOHNSON,
C. C. BUEL
as to the advisability of a repeal of the original grant. It would do no good to have such a measure in the present Congress, because even if a committee were appointed it would expire within two weeks; but with the aid of the new reservations which Noble is making, and which will reflect lasting credit upon him and the present administration, I think you ought to be able to carry the vote at Sacramento. Do not fail to labor with Markham.
Irish is fighting me savagely, but that is a game two can play at.
R. K. Johnson
…Union Square, New York
1893 Feb 10
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1893 Feb 10." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 233.
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