THE WHITE HOUSE
Oyster Bay, N.Y.,
September 16, 1907.
My dear Mr. Muir:
I gather that Garfield and Pinchot are rather favorable to the Hetch Hetchy plan, but not definitely so. I have sent them your letter with a request for a report upon it. I will do everything in my power to protect not only the Yosemite, which we have already protected, but other similar great natural beauties of this country; but you must remember that it is out of the question permanently to protect them unless we have a certain degree of friendliness toward them on the part of the people of the State in which they are situated; and if they are used so as to interfere with the permanent material development Of the State instead of helping the permanent material development, the result will be bad. I would not have any difficulty
at all if, as you say, nine-tenths of the citizens took ground against the Hetch Hetchy project; but so far everyone [illegible] has bean for it and I have been in the disagreeable position of seeming to interfere with the development of the State for the sake of keeping a valley, which apparently hardly anyone wanted to have kept, under national control.
I wish 1 could see you in person; and how I do wishI were again with you camping out under those great sequoias, or in the snow under the silver firs.
Mr. John Muir,
Oyster Bay, N. Y.
1907 Sep 16
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 36.5 cm.
Roosevelt, Theodore, "Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Muir, 1907 Sep 16." (1907). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3766.
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