John Muir


[John Muir]


[C. W.] Eliot


(Copied from rough draft of letter on cardboard marked Y)

Dear President Eliot:

Knowing your Interest in everything good, I wish to all your attention to a bill in Congress granting San Francisco the right to invade the Yosemite Park for electric power and for a water supply and power. The integrity of all our Parks is at stake. She enclosed pictures and paper will explain.

Ever faithfully yours,


(Following letter on reverse side of cardboard)

My charming B[etty] Av[erlll]

Your letters always bring up a flock of happy memories, and isn't it a fine divine thing that in all good humanity these life-giving love memories, instead of wilting and growing old, like trees and flowers, and wearing away like the hills and glaciers of a landscape, survive all mortal changes of time and place and become brighter and clearer and dearer with the flying years. Needless to say, though far 1 have wandered, you have always been in my heart with the blessed Harrimans since first 1 saw you in icy Alaska gazing at the grand scenery, or merrily racing and romping with sparkling eyes.
How happy you must be with your music and art studies and you are sure to win a fine way thru them all. For you are able to be anything you like. Your mother will enjoy old Egypt. I had a fine reviving time with her at Mrs. H[arriman’ s] Idaho camp, but incomplete without you and the Harriman girls.
My book work for the last 4 months has been brought to a dead stop by the battle going on in Congress for the Yosemite National Park. Hope it will end next month and that Hetch Hetchy will be saved.



[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1913 Sep]


Original letter dimensions: 43 x 20.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0834

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



3 pages


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



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