W[illia]m E. Colby


John Muir


"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-1905-1906
Mr. John Muir, President Martinez
Prof. A. G. McAdie, Vice-President San Francisco
Prof. J. N. Le Conte, Treasurer Berkeley
Mr. William E. Colby, Secretary. Berkeley
Prof. George Davidson 2221 Washington St., S. F.
Prof. W. R. Dudley Stanford University
Mr. J. S. Hutchinson, Jr. San Francisco
Mr. Warren Olney San Francisco
Mr. E. T. Parsons Berkeley

Outing Committee
Mr. Wm. B. Colby, Chairman
Prof. J. N. Le Conte Mr. E. T. Parsons
Honorary Vice-Presidents
Prof. George Davidson San Francisco
Mr. R. U. Johnson The Century, New York
Pres. David Starr Jordan Stanford University
Mr. Gifford Pinchot Washington, D.C.

Committee on Publications
Mr. Elliot McAllister, Editor San Francisco
Prof. Wm. F. Bade, Book Reviews Berkeley
Prof. Wm. R. Dudley, Forestry Notes Stanford Univ.
Mr. Alex G. Eells Mr. J.S. Hutchinson, Jr.
Mr. E.T. Parsons Prof. H.W. Rolfe
Mr. Willoughby Rodman Miss F.B. Whittier

2901 Channing Way
Berkeley, Cal.

My dear Mr.Nevada City, Jan.19th.1907.

My dear Mr. Muir:

Your letter concerning the Kings River Report has Just reached me here having been forwarded by my wife. I am sorry it did not reach me sooner for I might have changed the report in some respects but I have done the best I could at this late date and enclose you copy of letter sent Mc Allister who has charge of the printing.
I agree with you that perhaps the comparison between the two valleys was a little overdrawn but the blame all rests with me for I wrote the major portion of the report, in fact it was with difficulty that I could get any one to help me and though busier than I have been before in my profession, I managed to grind out something in time short time I could spare. The recommendations are the main thing anyway and I felt that we ought to get that before those who are to act on the matter without delay. I regret that the comparison is not what you would wish it and would certainly go all over it and change it if I could spare the time and if it were not so late. I took it for granted that it was O.K. since I did not hear from you and the bulletin was held in press just on account of this report so I am afraid it is already printed. I think the note which I have had appended to [illegible] will tone it down, for anyone who reads the report will give more weight to your opinion than to the entire report.
While, it may be true that the comparison is a little strong in favor of Kings River, yet as I remember that part of the report (I have no copy at hand) I tried to be perfectly fair to the wonders of Yosemite Valley which I admitted to be unrivalled. However, probably very few will ever read the report as it does not go into the main body of the Bulletin but is printed in smaller type at the end under "Notes and Correspondence".
The fact of the matter is that there are not enough of our members who take much interest in the Club and leave it all to a few of us to do. I know that I have given time and thought to the Club in the past that my increasing business demands make absolutely impossible for me to give in the future. I do want to talk over Club matters with you very much indeed but this case has occupied me here most of this month and promises to continue for some time yet. When I return I shall try to visit you.

Very sincerely,



Nevada City, January 19th.1907.

My dear Mr. Mc Allaster:

As you will note from the heading of this letter I as still detained in Nevada City on the trial of the case which brought me hear-early in the month. I have just received a letter from Mr. Muir concerning the Kings River report which I wish had reached me, sooner so that I might have had time to change the report in respect to the comparison made between the Kings River Canyon and Yosemite Valley, I know that it must be too late now to do much in the way of changing anything materially for the Bulletin must have gone to press but I wish that you would Insert a note at the end of the report to if it is possible to do so the following effect.
NOTE: Mr. John Muir has read the foregoing report and it with the [illegible] it meets with his "hearty approval". He further states that "every possible aid and encouragement should be given by the Club for the preservation, road and" trail building, etc. for the development of the magnificent Kings River"region." He does not approve of that portion of the report, however, "in which the Yosemite and Kings River regions are compared" thinking that the comparison is somewhat "unjust" and "one-sided". The report was already in press or it would have been modified in this particular and this note has been inserted so that Mr. Muir's views on the subject would not be misrepresented by an unqualified endorsement.

very truly,



Nevada City, Nev.

Date Original

1907 Jan 19


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0577

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