John Muir


[John Muir]




[Draft of short article, perhaps, or it may be that of a letter, though no address is attached, in note-book #59]

[NOV. 1900] (75)

I am utterly opposed to the injustice of exchanging denuded reserve lands for an equal number of acres [of] outside timber land. Not even for a much desired extension of a reserve should such unjust money-making schemes be for a moment encouraged. I for one am utterly opposed to it.
This Tahoe swindle has been planned years ago and pushed industriously. In particular the influence of the sierra Club has been persistently sought under plausible arguments in which the injustice of the exchange has been concealed.
In a word, then, I am in favor of the extension of the Tahoe Reserve by just means only.
The grossest frauds against the Government have already been perpetuated through this lien land arrangement, and every good citizen should raise his voice against them.

[John Muir]



[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

1900 Nov


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0471

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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