Creator

W[illia]m E. Colby

Recipient

John Muir

Transcription

To explore, enjoy, and render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast; to publish authentic information concerning them; to enlist the support and co-operation of the people and the Government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS-1904-1905

Mr. JOHN MUIR, President Martinez
Prof. A. G. McADIE, Vice-President Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. J. N. LE CONTE, Treasurer Berkeley
Prof. W. R. DUDLEY, Cor. Sec'y Standford University
Mr. WILLIAM E COLBY, Secretary Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. GEORGE DAVIDSON Berkeley
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. WARREN OLNEY 101 Sansome St., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
(Vice Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, resigned)

COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATIONS:

Pres. DAVID STARR JORDAN, Chairman Standford Univ.
Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, Editor Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Prof. WM. F. BADE Berkeley
Prof WM. R. DUDLEY Stanford University
Mr. ALEX. G. EELLS Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. B. GOULD Mutual Savings Bank Bldg., S. F.
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
Prof. H. W. ROLFE Stanford University
Mr. WILLOUGHBY RODMAN Bryson Block, Los Angeles

SIERRA CLUB
316 MILLS BUILDING
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 19, 1904

Mr. John Muir,
Martinez, Cal.

My Dear Mr. Muir:

Since you were down the other day at our committee meeting, matters have taken a little different turn, which I write to advise you of. It seems that the State Board of Trade through its Manager, Mr. Briggs and who was absent from the City at the time of our committee meeting, had all along planned to introduce this bill for the recession of the Yosemite Valley in the State Legislature. When he returned and found out that the Sierra Club had gone so far in the matter, he had a conference with me, and upon consulting other members of the committee, it was deemed wise to co-operate with the State Board of Trade rather than create any antagonism by reason of attempting to act independently in the matter. It was arranged that the State Board of Trade should ratify our action and proceed with the presentation of the bill. In many ways I think this will be better, as the State Board of Trade is a powerful body with a very large backing and all that we went to do is to see that the bill passes. Whether the credit is given directly to our

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"To explore, enjoy, and render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast; to publish authentic information concerning them; to enlist the support and co-operation of the people and the Government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

BOARD OF DIRECTORS-1904-1905

Mr. JOHN MUIR, President Martinez
Prof. A. G. McADIE, Vice-President Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. J. N. LE CONTE, Treasurer Berkeley
Prof. W. R. DUDLEY, Cor. Sec'y Stanford University
Mr. WILLIAM E COLBY, Secretary Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. GEORGE DAVIDSON Berkeley
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. WARREN OLNEY 101 Sansome St., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
(Vice Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, resigned)

COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATIONS:

Pres. DAVID STARR JORDAN, Chairman Stanford Univ.
Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, Editor Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Prof. WM. F. BADE Berkeley
Prof WM. R. DUDLEY Stanford University
Mr. ALEX. G. EELLS Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. B. GOULD Mutual Savings Bank Bldg., S. F.
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
Prof. H. W. ROLFE Stanford University
Mr. WILLOUGHBY RODMAN Bryson Block, Los Angeles

SIERRA CLUB
316 MILLS BUILDING
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

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Club or not is a minor matter. Of course it is advisable for us to work actively as we have in the past and what we have already done will of course aid the State Board of Trade materially.
I presume you have already noted the strenuous campaign the Examiner is making against the recession, though I do not imagine it will accomplish its purpose, yet it will make the fight much harder the sentiment the Examiner is trying to stir up against it. I have thought that perhaps a strong letter from you, which I know the Chronicle would gladly publish would do a great deal to counteract what the Examiner is doing. If you would write such a letter, I will see the Editor of the Chronicle and arrange to have it published when it would do the most good. The Examiner is trying to make out that this proposed recession is the work of officials desirous of getting political jobs, when nothing could be further from the truth. I trust that you will consider this matter favorably, as I think a letter from you would have a most powerful, effect in counteracting the false sentiment which the Examiner is trying to stir up.
I enclose a list of the members of the coming State Legis-

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"To explore, enjoy, and render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast; to publish authentic information concerning them; to enlist the support and co-operation of the people and the Government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

BOARD OF DIRECTORS-1904-1905

Mr. JOHN MUIR, President Martinez
Prof. A. G. McADIE, Vice-President Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. J. N. LE CONTE, Treasurer Berkeley
Prof. W. R. DUDLEY, Cor. Sec'y Stanford University
Mr. WILLIAM E COLBY, Secretary Mills Bldg., S. F.
Prof. GEORGE DAVIDSON Berkeley
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. WARREN OLNEY 101 Sansome St., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
(Vice Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, resigned)

COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATIONS:

Pres. DAVID STARR JORDAN, Chairman Stanford Univ.
Mr. ELLIOTT McALLISTER, Editor Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Prof. WM. F. BADE Berkeley
Prof WM. R. DUDLEY Stanford University
Mr. ALEX. G. EELLS Crocker Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. B. GOULD Mutual Savings Bank Bldg., S. F.
Mr. J. S. HUTCHINSON, Jr. Claus Spreckels Bldg., S. F.
Mr. E. T. PARSONS University Club, S. F.
Prof. H. W. ROLFE Stanford University
Mr. WILLOUGHBY RODMAN Bryson Block, Los Angeles

SIERRA CLUB
316 MILLS BUILDING
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

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lature and if you have any friends among them or know of those who would have influence with any of them, it would be well to write to such.
Prof. Dudley has received a communication from the Secretary of the Forestry Congress requesting that we appoint a committee to represent us in Washington. Since there was no time to spare, I requested the following five persons to act as Club representatives and trust that they will meet with your approval:

Hon. George C. Perkins
Hon. Gifford Pinchot
Dr. Hart C. Merriam
G. K. Gilbert
Henry Gannett.

Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain
Very truly yours,
[illegible]

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Location

San Francisco

Date Original

1904 Dec 19

Source

Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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muir14_0708-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0708

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