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
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.
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.
1908 Jan 16
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Kent, William, "Letter from William Kent to John Muir, 1908 Jan 16." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5245.
Reel 17, Image 0087
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