Emma Shafter Howard


John Muir


[Rough draft of letter]

[Sept., 1900].

My dear Mrs. H[oward]:

I would gladly go to Tamalpais and a thousand times farther to stay the ruthless destruction of [the] forests you refer to. But, alas, all land thereabouts is private property, and what more can I do in the way of protest and efforts to make public opinion for the defense of the trees than I am doing? I am now at work on a book on the forest parks and reservations which I hope to get out soon.
I hope, however, that a block of redwoods may yet be saved for a public park, and will be glad to accept the invitation of your boys to take a trip with that object in view at the first opportunity I can find.

[John Muir]



Oakland, Calif.

Date Original

1900 Sep 13


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0353

Collection Identifier

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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