John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez, Feb. 14, 1893.

My dear Mr Johnson.

At a meeting of the Directors of the Sierra Club last Saturday I urged your views as to the advantages of pushing the Yosemite recession question to a vote in our legislature All were opposed or doubtful as to the wisdom if doing so, though recognizing the value of keeping the matter alive by agitation in the papers & by attacking the annual appropriation for Yosemite when it comes up in the legislature. All seem to think that at present the question of mismanagement should be held in abeyance, but that we cannot be wrong in requesting our legislature to voluntarily give back the Valley to the general government & to urge economy


& the natural fitness of things in placing the Valley & surrounding park under one management, inasmuch as the Valley & the National Park are in fact one & inseparable. I met our Senator McAllister after the meeting & discussed Yosemite matters with him, next day I received the enclosed letter. I addressed him in reply to go ahead & make a name for himself on park & valley affairs. One of our members a lawyer will probably draft a bill or resolution of some sort or other to [guide?] the senator who unfortunately is young & inexperienced Waite Secretary of State is cordially with us on recession.

Cordially your friend

John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1893 Feb 14


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 07, Image 0806

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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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