John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez, Sep. 11, 1913

Dear Johnson:

Doubtless ere this you have received my letter of last of Aug. with list of newspapers & check for Lentz's bill including the $15 Sullivan bill as we wish to keep free from all doubtful entanglements.
Also we mailed you a lot of our new circulars of which 5000 were printed. Half or more have already been distributed
We are now preparing another probably smaller discussing particular points. Doing all we can to bring the influence of women into the fight & to get all our Club members to write short protest letters to senators & the President.
Garfield wished to turn over the Hetch Hetchy to the S.F. schemers almost unconditionally. It was Roosevelt who tried


to save the valley, at least for a generation or two, by compelling San Francisco to first develop the Lake Eleanor & Cherry River sources to the utmost, take this supply to the city & use it until it proved inadequate. Then & not 'til then could H. Hy. be dammed.
The real motive, as far as I can see, that determines Mr Phelans action in the matter is political ambition. While Spreckles wished to get possession of the city street cars & the Hetch Hetchy water-power to run them. This I think lay at the bottom of the ousting of the boodling board of supervisors with the aid of Burns, & the election of another boodle board.
(2) The San Joaquin farmers are far from satisfied but unable to make their wants known against their political opponents.
(3) See above. Use your own judgment as to small circular & go ahead.
I sent you list of papers & will send some quotations from them later.


(4) See above. We omitted picture on account of difficulty of getting good one on common paper.
(5) Dont know yet about going to Washington.
(6) See above. Were trying to stir up the south Cal folk. Most of the papers here have been bought by the enemy. Anyhow I think the right will prevail. All the world is indebted to you for the grand work you are doing. Go ahead in your own way. Get out a smaller circular in a little different tone. Colby leaves today to be gone a month, & Bade is writing a book leaving the fight to Parsons & your steadfast friend

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1913 Sep 11


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

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



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