William Kent


William Kent


John Muir



Jan 17 1908

My dear Mr Muir

The suit for condemnation of the 47 acres in the heart of Muir Woods is still pending.
There is little doubt of the outcome. At the same time no better thing can be done than to continue to arouse public opinion as to the present and future value to the people of this beautiful and restful wilderness.
I wish you could write a letter which I can publish leaving out anything laudatory of my action, but stating your view of the value of the property and the hope that adjoining owners may unite in a plan of timber preservation which may save the whole landscape and thereby benefit all people without injuring the owners. As a matter of fact the adjoining owners would vastly



profit by a dedication of their Stumpage
Muir Woods is a jewel in a lovely setting. My next hope is to preserve the Setting.
I am working on a plan for an immense game preserve and hope ultimately to see the Tamalpais region a great park and publicly owned water supply.
When I was younger and full of fight I dreamed of a comparatively decent Chicago. After ten years struggle a few of us brought it about. In theory and out of Experience I am an optimist and a socialist. I know the dreams we have will come true and then men will learn to love nature. All I fear is that it may be too late.


William Kent


Kentfield, Calif.

Date Original

1908 Jan 17


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0097

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