John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez, Oct, 16, 1913.

Dear Johnson:

I think your plan of battle excellent & we must win
1 As to my going to Chicago & Wash. I may not be able for several reasons. but some of us will.
(2) We are hard at work on Women's Clubs
(3) The San Joquin folk I fear can't do us much more good or ill than they have already done
(4) Nothing to be got out of Lake Eleanor squabbles.
(5) Sending out newspaper list to other papers etc etc., good & important in keeping our cause before the public
(6) "We must get all our societies to work" Yes, Ive called a meeting of Sierra Club
(7) "We must get Cabnet ministers, McAdoo etc to stand against Lane" etc Capital_
(8) Write personal notes to Grosma Borah etc thanking them, supplying them with all our ammunition etc good


(9) A sheet of very short extracts from press notices, to be scattered broadcast a most promising plan. And we must keep personal letters flying in a countrywide storm thick as snowflakes about the President's head & the Senator's.
Referring to your last letter Oct 11- I can't believe Leavitt or any engineer can accomplish anything like a snuffing out of the San Francisco 20 year old Hetch Hetchy scheme now that the fight for it is hottest Landscape architects like Olmstead say three or four visiting the Valley especially under the auspices of the President & his Cabinet, would I think insure a veto. The time is short however to get a commission here before the season of winter storms. After all we have to depend on wide-awake enlightened public opinion
I'm glad you & Osborn are planning large committee & public meetings of societies etc. We are getting our Sierra Club thoroughly awakened at last.


I'm trying to get a lot of good photographs for the President & our best fighting Senators & the use of newspapers And Herbert Gleason the lecturer & photographer. a member of the Sierra Club who knows all the Tuolumne region well & indeed all the Sierra & Rocky Mountains & their parks has made a lot of Hetch Hetchy & Tuolumne Canon [diacritic] slides & is going to make more for a Hetch Hetchy lecture which he hopes to deliver in Washington toward the end of next month, and as Tumulty knows him well the President may be induced to attend the lecture & judge the value of the Valley with his own eyes.
I enclose Mr Gleason's letter to the President
Tomorrow or next day after I'll send you $73.07 to balance our acct so far having sent you check for $100.X Sep. 30th
You will find Mrs Osborn a most devout friend of our National Parks & particularly of Hetch Hetchy. You are fighting gloriously & must win Christian soldier up & Smite em.

Ever faithfully admiringly Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1913 Oct 16


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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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