Catherine H. [Katie C.H.] Hittell


John Muir


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Muir Woods

Dear Mr. Muir

Mr. Kent has just written me that “The deed, title papers, and tender” of Muir Woods “have gone to Washington. Mr Pinchot seems confident that we can save the trees. Should the property be accepted the Messrs’ Magee and Newlands can hardly show that a reservoir destroying a park is a higher use than the preservation of the trees. The letters you have asked for will be braces to Pinchot in his asking Garfield and Roosevelt to accept the Park and the litigation. I am hoping for a telegraphic answer of acceptance within 10 days, and am holding a duplicate deed for record here.”

Isn’t this fine of Mr Kent to offer so splendid a gift to the

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Nation? I do hope that your letter will help the nation to accept this gift. No City in the world will have so fine a Park and we few San Franciscans can begin again to raise our heads and boast, in spite of earthquakes and fires and corruption and dishonest citizens.

I think I wrote you that Mr Kent wants the matter dept secret so that Messrs Newlands and Magee should not make trouble until the gift is accepted by the nation. He writes “I hardly think anything that the barbarous ones can do will upset the plan but should rather not tell them about it.”"

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I hope you got my letter in which I begged you to write Mr. Kent “of the value of Redwood Canon Park in the City and Neighborhood.” In another letter Mr Kent also asked if “John Muir would write a letter speaking of the need of the Redwood Forest in ‘Muir Woods’ as a nature park near the city and stating that its use for such purposes is higher than for storing a little water.”

Your sincere friend

Catharine H. Hittell

808 Turk St

San Francisco

With love to you and Wanda and Helen and wishing you all – Happy New Year."


San Francisco, Calif.

Circa Date

Dec 29 [1908]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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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