John Muir


John Muir


[James R.] Garfield


Dear Mr [illegible]Yr letter of [illegible] just [received?] [illegible]t delayed by my [absence?] [from?] [my?] home helping to [illegible] make the use of the park & its wonders better knownThe more I study your decision upon the [application?] of the City of S. F. for other H H Val & Lake Eleanor sites, a [marked?] copy of wh you inclosd [illegible] the greater [seems?] the mistake you have made in allowing the city to destroy any part of the park on any pretext whatever. Nor can I see justice from any point of view in giving away as you have done, to less than 1/2 a mil [illegible]Speaking of the Yel. Park: "This like the Yo is a great wonderland & [illegible] kept as a natural playground. In both all wild things shld be protected & the scenery kept wholly unmarred -Fighting for the integrity of the Yo Park -App[illegible] to re[illegible]Where I have been calling attention to the Yo Park & the persistent efforts now being made to obtain [preservation?] [illegible] to destroy the H H. Val One of its most wonderful & most useful featuresthat wh belongs to & is needed by more than 80 [Mils?] You say that Mr Pinchot has given this matter the most careful consideration & is in full accord with yr action in granting the right to the City. Unfortunately Mr P. never saw the H H Val or the Great Tuol Can above it, & therefore his opinion shld have very little weight against that of 100s of mtn lovers who have long enjoyed & appr[illegible] its wondersAnyhow Mr Sec. though d[illegible] [illegible] with you in this important matter I am still with Sincere respect[Faithful?] YrsJohn MuirCrying save our nat resources against waste while against the advice & imformation of friends who know of [illegible] deliberately favored the destruction of H. H. the most sublime Mtn temple after Yo to be found in the Park the grossest waste possible, thus saving with one hand, destroying with the other.


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Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 cm.

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Reel 17, Image 0637

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