John Muir


John Muir


[Charles F.] Lummis


Martinez Nov. 4 1907

Dear Mr Lummis

Many thanks for your capital Hetch Hetchy defense editorial, It's strong & every blow is called for, & must tell. Keith & I got back two weeks ago from a camp trip to Hetch Hetchy Yosemite & our grand old artist was charmed by it into newness of life. He made 38 sketches, & declares that in fine picturesque park beauty it surpasses Yosemite. There is a short article of mine in the Outlook for Nov. 2d which though not illustrated will give you something like a general picture of the valley as it is, & would be id drowned We are trying to stir up the thousand members of the Sierra Club & as many other lovers of God's mountain handiwork as we can reach to send our protests to Washington in the form of personal letters to the Secretary & President keeping them flying thick as snowflakes in a Sierra storm, until the voice of public opinion can't be mistaken. Light is all that's needed to defeat the plans of these cunning money-changers & water changers

The mountaineering clubs of Oregon are coming to our help, so is the Appalachian. I have no news from Washington good or bad except one encouraging letter from the President
If successful in getting large enough appropriations for a good wagon road into the valley & a trail up the big Tuolumne Canon the salvation of the glorious Hetch Hetchy will be made sure for there it will be seen & known by countless thousands making effective lying impossible.
Remember me to Mrs Lummins with kindest regards & to your little son & daughter & believe me ever faithfully yours

John Muir

The Los Angeles Post master sends word that the dollar order I sent you for landmarks June 17th has not been p[illegible] or presented for payment. J. M.


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1907 Nov 4


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Reel 16, Image 1163

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

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Braun Research Library, Autry National Center for the American West, Los Angeles, CA. ID Numbers: MS.1.1.3221A Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1895-1905; and MS.1.1.3221B Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1906-1913. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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



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