Mary Frances Kellogg


John Muir


[4]and it was altogether delightful. The proposed reservoir, if it did no other harm, would ruin the beautiful sweep of the falls on the canon [diacritic]-side. I am more than ever against the proposed desecration, and hope it will be ultimately prevented. I could not bear to think of that beautiful valley grove and flower-garden being destroyed and drowned.I will let you know when I actually decide upon the rest of the gift - probably several weeks in the future. Affectionately your friendMary Frances Kellogg[1][letterhead]August 14, 1914Dear Mr. Muir:Your letter, with the over-generous check, arrived yesterday, and you have surely given me plenty of time, and money enough to get Dorothy something remarkably fine. She is much pleased at your thought of her, and has enthusiastically taken up my05821

[2]suggestion of using part of the money for your books & that is, the three she does not have — in which she hopes you will write your name when you come down. So I am ordering them from Vroman, so they will be ready for your coming.With the rest of the money, I think I shall get a silver gift. For that I shall take[3]more time and thought. It will get something very nice.I believe I forgot to speak to you of my impression of Hetch-Hetchy. Without prejudice (for I had even begun to dread the mosquitoes and bogs and rattlesnakes, which many claimed were worse there than anywhere else), Hetch-Hetchy seemed to me the very most attractive camping-place of the north. None of those threatened evils materialized,

[5][letterhead]P.S. Not that this is the least important, but rather, the most important part of the letters, and put by itself for emphasis. I hope you have already begun to diminish work-hours. Please don't mind my venturing to make the suggestion. Like all who love and admire you either through your works alone, or through your person-05821

[6]ality as well, I want you to save yourself for the uplifting of ideals for a long time to come. So forgive my presumption in advising you.M. F. K.


Altadena, Calif.

Date Original

1914 Aug 14


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0563

Collection Identifier

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

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



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