[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
1908 Jun 2
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1908 Jun 2." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5447.
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