John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


[in circle: 75] See last p. Credit to [Lahura?] for originating the Yosemite scheme and pushing it through [1901]

Martinez, Dec. 24, 1901

My dear Johnson.

I've been brooding over that Colorado Canyon article It is a grand subject but my ignorance is distressing I spent a day or two on its rim at the deepest portion & where the views were probably the most telling & marvellous of all; & I spent a day going down to the bottom of it Going by way of Flagstaff by stage. & spending a day on the interesting San Francisco mountains. Now the travel is all by rail from Williams to within 8 or 10 miles of the canon which is reached by stage some 16 or 18 miles


down the river from the point I visited. I suppose I should go over this new road & see the views from the new points though I guess they are not so grand Then again I hate to lose the time that would be required for work mostly of a tourist kind. As to your artist How am I going to work with him without ever seeing him or hearing from him I suppose you would just put in his best pictures whether reffered to in the text or not. I hardly see how I could use Mr. Robinson's sketch


in a separate article for the Yosemite book at present - though some of it might possibly be useful in extensions of the Kings River Chapter As to the Auto business I haven't written a word of it or suggested the thing to any publishers [How?] so much has come to be said of it is to me a mystery I mean to write the Yosemite book first & the Alaska trip & perhaps a 3d vol on shrubs & trees before touching the me book - Sorry to hear of the brilliant King's illness. I mean to write a short letter to the President on forest matters. No hope in sight for Yosemite recession


the Governor is not likely to favor it in the least.
By the way I hope to find a place for the history of the Yosemite Park perhaps in this Yosemite book. I have always given you the credit for originating the grand scheme & pushing it through though many persist in ascribing the honor to me.
And now Happy New Year to you & your family & Gilders & Buells with all my heart.

Ever Your friend

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1901 Dec 24


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 1053

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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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