Cha[rle]s F. Lummis


[John Muir]



'em (if you can), bully 'em (as is easy), tire 'em out. Bother them till they'll be decent to get rid of you. And don't think me impudent. I can't measure up to you in anything else, but I love California just as much as you do; & all who love her must get together now to save her honor.

Always your friend

Chas. F. Lummis



Feb. 20 1900

Dear Prophet:

Come, gird on the sword of Gideon. They are going to cut down our Calaveras Big Trees. They'll do it, too, unless eveny Californian who fears God gets out in the open & fights. And one blast upon your bugle horn is worth a thous-



them. Make the Atlantic aid the cause of righteousness. We've all got to fight - or our state & our country will be a byword & a hissing forever. Even I am fighting. And if they need vigilantes to hold the trees till the slow law machine can move - why, I'll be there too. Principles are good - for those who have 'em. But I tell you when we deal with scrubs we've got to use pressure. Shame


[thous-]and men! Sound it! If you'll squeeze the Century hard enough, they'll split the "make up" enough to wedge in your protest in the very first number - & no man alive can make such a protest as you. If you will, send me a little roar & I'll get it in even sooner. If you know any "Statesmen," California or National (as of course you do) put a knife into


Los Angeles

Date Original

1900 Feb 20


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0093

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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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