John Muir


John Muir


[J. E.] Calkins


Martinez, Oct 29/07

Dear Mr Calkins

Many thanks for your grand Hetch Hetchy editorial It is just what is wanted to kindle fires of protest far & near. it has already gone far as the letters of Mr Tellinghast & Prof. McBride show, & soon personal letters will be flying about the Secretary & President thick as snow-flakes-ensuring I think complete victory. for at heart I feel sure the President is with us. We are trying to get all our 1000 Club members to write personal letters, especially those who have been in the Valley & we are getting booklists or small pamphlets to scatter broadcast.



I have just returned from a two weeks trip to Hetch Hetchy & adjacent region; hence the delay in replying to your fine big generous letters. I got Keith our great artist to go with me & he was charmed with the Valley made 38 sketches & said over & over again that in its lovely picturesque park floor it far surpassed even Yosemite. It was too bad I could not have you on this trip; but your editorial so much needed would not have been got off as promptly & the Valley will wait for you. I have heard nothing from Washington beyond the letters I showed you & acknowledgements of receipt of others I sent on. Now the President has got home I may hear how the battle goes.


Mr Tellinghast, kindly sent me six copies of your editorial with a warm letter ————
Lummis in Out West has a strong characteristic Lions den roar for H.H. this month & I expect still more from him


for he always finds time to reply to everything - Heaven knows how.
Helen is suffering in bed from a severe cold but is now much better & we fondly hope she will be up & like herself in a week or two. But coming on at the beginning of the rainy season gives me no end of anxiety.
When [away you?] & Mrs Calkins coming back to us, I wish you could come & help me with those old notes, I suppose if I had them typewritten I might be able to make them readable. Helen & I would be delighted to have you all winter with us if you found nothing better to do. Possibly however I I may have to take Helen away tho she seems likely to be herself very soon. Anyhow come when you can, for we are ever faithfully yours,

John Muir



Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1907 Oct 29


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 22 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 1135

Collection Identifier

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

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4 pages


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



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