Creator

William Kent

Creator

William Kent

Recipient

John Muir

Transcription

[letterhead]

Jan 16th 1908

Mr John Muir

My dear Mr Muir

To us who can see and who know what is good, the deeding of what should belong to the people, to the people is not generosity, but an uncontrollable impulse.
The service you have preeminently rendered is in making some people see that the works of God are good in themselves and good for men.
The hideous heedless wickedness of trying to butcher those trees put me in a frame of mind where I wondered, how far a trustee ought to go to protect such a trust. I am sure the danger is passed now and hope I can forgive Jas Newlands and William Magee, who for a few dirty dollars would have deprived millions of their birthright.
I have done little as yet but

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I hope to do much more toward opening the eyes of those whose blindness is a sad incarceration.
My love to you and the hope that with more settled weather we may together visit one of the many memorials to your love of nature and your love of man.

Yours Truly

William Kent

I enclose a copy of the documents in the case. I resent the praise but the tender, and the deed (drawn by Pinchot) will interest you.

WK

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Location

Kentfield, Calif.

Date Original

1908 Jan 16

Source

Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir17_0087-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0087

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Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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2 pages

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