H. A. Greene
Monterey, Cal., Nov. 26th., 1914.Dear Sir:-Your influence is solicited to prevent our generation from being guilty of an inexcusable crime.Near Monterey there exists, as you probably know, a grove of prehistoric trees, the parent of all the cypresses, which are making their last stand here; for elsewhere the species has disappeared from the wild.The grove has noticeably deteriorated of late from several preventable causes and unless some action is taken now the value of this natural wonder will be destroyed.The Pacific Improvement Company is the owner of this group of trees and it has sub-divided the land into building lots.First we must prevent the sale of any of these lots, then take steps to have the U.S. government take over the place as a National Monument.The plan is to purchase about 100 acres of land on Point Cypress, bounded on the shore side by the road known as the "Seventeen mile drive”, also a strip of land 500 feet wide, extended in an easterly direction to a point on the U.S. Presidio, Monterey.This strip affords a right-of-way for an independent road and takes in two other groves of rare trees which are in immediate danger of being destroyed, should a fire be started near them.We thought to assign to the California Academy of Sciences, for obvious reasons, the task of obtaining an option, at as low a figure as possible, from the owners.You are now requested to call upon the directors whom you happen to know and urge them to take up this matter.A number of organizations have already passed resolutions strongly commending the plan to save this wonderful grove and assistance has been offered from many parts, including England.Such a resolution from the California Associated Societies for the Conservation of Wild Life would be valued.Each organization which has shown interest enough to pass an appropriate resolution shall have a voice in selecting an Authoritative committee which shall take full charge and carry out the plan above set forth.Temporarily the writer has undertaken the preliminary work and he asks for your assistance and advise.Respectfully,[illegible]05887
1914 Nov 26
Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.
Greene, H. A., "Letter from H. A. Greene to [John Muir], 1914 Nov 26." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6683.
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