John Muir


John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


[illegible] Martinez, August 10th 1909-

My dear Professor Sargent:

I'm very glad to get tidings of yourself & family. Your letter has just reached me as I've been away in the Sierra more than a month. Congratulations on Robeson's marriage engagement. What a magnificent couple, & magnificent home!
I'm brooding over some of my old note books hoping to get something worth while out of them, but my time these last eventful years has been so dismally broken. They have yielded but little -- My wife gone- Wanda my elder daughter married & away, - Helen my only other child on the Mohave Desert recovering from a 4th attack of pneumonia - I alone in the big house on the hill too busy & grateful to sulk or complain after the glorious free life I've enjoyed & doing
the best I can with a heart for any fate.
We are having a hard fight again a lot of San Francisco politicians & speculators who are trying to spil Yosemite National Park by damming & destroying the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a counterpart of Yosemite, for a reservoir. & excluding the public from more than half of the park whose waters drain into H.H. I wish you could help [me?] in this. Pinchot is doing all he can in this destructive work against us. All the national parks are in danger
By the way Yosemite Valley is in desperate need of a landscape architect to lay out roads & trails & thin out the undergrowth of young conifer You are the only one whose taste I could trust on so grand a job. Would you undertake it if offered? Remember me to all the family & believe me ever faithfully yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1909 Aug 10


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0648

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