[Robert Underwood] Johnson
103Martinez, Sep. 14, 1909.Dear Mr Johnson: Well done for you. These last letters have the ring & vine of your best fighting days. Many thanks for the encouragement the bring to us all on this side the continent. The formal letter of invitation through Mr Carpenter, Secretary to the President, to join him at San Francisco & go with him through the Yosemite Park arrived yesterday with yours, & I have just written in reply. A neat job. One of your best I'm particularly delighted over your Balanger meeting. Tell me about it. But O dear! My heart aches over the departure of brave Harriman. All through our Yosemite fights since the Recession struggle began to our last one Hetch Hetchy, he was our steadfast & able friend. None but myself knows how much he accomplished for us. Some day I'll tell you. As to Cook I don't know him, & I never saw Mt McKinley, But read his book & believe he climbed. Nor from anything I've seen in the newspapers do I find course to doubt his story of the north pole. I've always regarded him as an able resolute explorer. Certainly not in the least like a faker. I'm waiting to hear his story. In any case Peary has been very foolish & unmagnanimous in speaking of a fellow traveler & explorer as he seem to be doing.Heaven bless you dear Johnson.Ever faithfullyyour friendJohn Muir
1909 Sep 14
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1909 Sep 14." (1909). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5867.
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