John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


Martinez, June 2, 1908

Dear Mr Johnson;

The governors Conference was a most novel & notable affair & you may well be proud of it as your own invention whether you get credit for it or not - from the public. Nevertheless Pinchot deliberate acceptanc[e?] of the honor belonging to it without a word for you was distressingly mean & must prove a great trial to his many friends. Anyhow never mind, dont take the sin against friendship & comradeship too sorely to heart. Compensation of some sort or other is sure to come, & we must go ahead fighting for God's righteousness forgetting all that is behind. P. Is ambitious & never hesitates to sacrifice anything or anybody in his way. Toss the miserable thing out of mind
& go about your many other good things. Of all my friends none has done so much as you have for the public good in the way of forest preservation & the great parks.
As for Hetch Hetchy the battle, as I see it, is not yet lost The preservation of natural beauty resources seem to be lost sight of at times, but light must come at last & we must arouse public opinion ere it is too late
I'm feeling better my long illness & anxiety about Helen & am now trying to write. Your name will honor my Yosemite book & last long after above squabbles are forgotten

Ever my dear Johnson

Faithfully yours John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1908 Jun 2


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0655

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

American Academy of Arts and Letters. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust


2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.