E[dward] T. Parsons
San Francisco, Dec.24, 1908.
Allen Chamberlain Esq.,Suite 4, 130 Pinckney St., Boston, Mass.
My Dear Mr. Chamberlain:-
I do not feel justified in sitting down and hurriedly writing a letter for the Boston Transcript tonight, but tonight and tomorrow will try to prepare one, submitting it to Mr.Colby, and send it off to you Saturday, so that you may get it published in the "Transcript" possibly on the 1st or 2nd. In it we will try to cover the points made by Fitzgerald and by your wordy and dust throwing friend, Frank Cramer of Palo Alto, whom none of us happen to know. It is quite possible, though not at all sure, that he is one of the paid advocates of the damming of the Hetch-Hetchy.
Since your letter, you have doubtless received our further communications, and one from me and from Mr. Colby together should give you the material for a stiff letter, which you could have shaped up and published in the "Transcript" over my signature, and this you doubtless have done. If so, you may modify the letter that I send you Saturday in accordance with it, or let it go just as it is, as you prefer.
By all means, never let up on this proposition. This entire transaction shows the necessity for close co-operation between our five mountain climbing and nature clubs and the National Civic Association in this very matter of establishing the inviolability of national parks, and working for the creation of more of them. Every letter sent out and every Individual stirred up has a positive value towards the creation and growth of a body of public opinion that eventually must carry weight and compel the acquiescence of our Government. We are now preparing to place the SIERRA CLUB in conjunction with the Mazamas and Mountaineers of Seattle, on a thoroughly formulated basis for comprehensive propaganda, and will advise you later of our plans in detail, and what we propose to do.
As a parting word- Strike every blow you can and do not let your members be misled by the sophistry and the begging of the question in the arguments of our opponents.
Yours most earnestly,
E. T. Parsons
1908 Dec 24
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Parsons, Edward T., "Letter from E[dward] T. Parsons to Allen Chamberlain, 1908 Dec 24." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5613.
Reel 17, Image 1111
Copyright status unknown
Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.