Washington D.C.April 21/1908My dear Mr MuirIt was a pleasure indeed to get your recent letter but I was more than grieved to know you had been ill - There is but one John Muir and every one hopes we may have him in health and happiness for many, many years to comeThe delay in not writing before - was because I hoped from time to time to hear something to tell you of your dear Hetch Hetchy - Mr Needham has been working hard to save the Valley but he informed me today that he feared San Francisco would winI do not know how to prevent it - I wish I did - all I can do is to suffer as so many lovers of the Valley must suffer in having a mill pond made where now lies one of the most beautiful garden Valleys in the world -Some how, I could not think your pleading would fail - the pleading of so many people - but San Francisco would not give up - I do hope however, that the Secretary will so restrict the privilege that the scheme will have to be abandoned -Mrs Marshall and the darling babies often04148 talk of the delights we had when you were kind enough to visit us in Sacramento - The babies often get the books you sent them and ask "[Muggy?]" to read what Mr Muir says -.Please remember Mr Muir - that when ever you come near our home that then our home is Yours and you must come to us - even in Washington - where there are good hotels and The President You are still oursThe warmest friendship - more love I think, than friendship - to John Muir and his girls is always in our hearts - and we want to see you just as soon as you can come -SincerelyR.B MarshallGrant Bldg
Washington, D. C.
1908 Apr 21
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Marshall, R. B., "Letter from R.B. Marshall to John Muir, 1908 Apr 21." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5365.
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