John Muir


[John Muir]


[William E.] Colby


[First draft of letter, in note-book]

Martinez, NOV. 18, '04.

Dear Mr. Colby:

As yon suggest, Mr. Force Parker, Mr. Clair S. Tappan, and yourself are added to the Committee on Yo[semite] recession.
The statement you have drawn up on Yo[semite] recession seems to me just what it should be, excepting a few lines which I have marked on pages 1, 2, 4 & 5, and which would, 1 think, be likely to do more harm than good and had better be omitted. with those excepted, the statement is first-rate, and just what is wanted.
Several hundred copies should be printed and distributed to members, of course, and the Legislature. Nothing can be gained by stirring up bad feeling. And our efforts at present should be directed simply to recession to the federal Govt., without mention of departments or persons, as the Bureau of Forestry or Mr. Pinohot.

[John Muir]03098


Martinez [Calif.]

Circa Date

[19]04 Nov 18


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 17 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0658

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



1 page


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.