R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir



May 1st, 1892.

.C. C. BUEL,

My dear Muir:-

Since writing you with my own hand yesterday I have had occasion to re-read your letters, and I find that you say - "I am afraid I can't help you much in describing the limits on a map for the Kin's River reservation. I don't know what a township is for a surveyor's range," but I am sure that if you took a Government map,- or yourself made a rough map of the Kings River, you could make it clear to me what are the interesting portions which ought to be reserved, including the head-waters. I could work out the details through the Land Office.

If you can let us have your article in time it will probably be effective in procuring the reservation of the proposed park, as your other article was of the Yosemite National Park.
I inclose a list of the Kings River Canon subjects,- six of Robinson's sketches and three of yours which we have asked him to redraw, keeping inconsultation with you as he does it. We are very desirous that these three subjects should in his hands not lose any of the impressiveness which


R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.R. U. JOHNSON,ASSOCIATE EDITOR.C. C. BUEL,ASSISTANT EDITOR.they have in your sketches. Each of these nine illustrations is to be full page, and we hope to make an impressive article.
Your own text should be 8000 words in length, and we should be glad if you could scatter your mention of these subjects through the article, so that there could be a page picture and a page of text, if it can conveniently be done.
You spoke of Robinsons views as being of the south fork of the Yosemite, and yours as of the middle fork. Now is there another canon - the north fork;- which ought to be illustrated?
I think it might be well to call the article "A Rival of the Yosemite", and you might begin by referring to the criticism upon you as a traitor to California because of your mention of other Yosemites.
I have to-day taken the first steps toward the organization of the Yosemite and Yellowstone Defence Association. I suppose I may count you in? I want to get it in good shape for Congressional influence next winter.
Mrs. Johnson and the children have gone to Paris for the


summer, arid I wish you could come Eastand pay me a visit. Central Park is looking its prettiest. I should only be afraid of your getting lost in the wilds and of your having to be hunted up at the police station.

Faithfully yours,

R,K. JohnsonJohn Muir, Esq.,
Martinez, Cal.


C.D. (illegible)List of King’s River Canon subjects, dram by C.D.Robinson and accepted by Mr, Gilder and Mr. Johnson, April 10, 1891:—
1,. View from the Grand Lookout, 8300 feet above the sea, looking down into King's River Canon and at the High Sierra beyond. View eastward.
2, Looking up the valley floor from "Manzanita patch"? from a point about five miles from entrance to valley, looking eastward. Morning.
3, View from the giant talus slopes at foor of Muir Dome. "Indian Pass" looking up the valley. Muir Dome on left and Grand Sentinel on right. The "White Woman" in distance. View east. About seven miles above valley entrance. From sketch of Aug. 1889.
4, Grant's Monument looking southwest. About 3000 feet above valley level. From talus slopes at foot of "White Woman".
5, The "White Woman from .talus, near foot of "Grant Monument" Looking east. (Largest granite mass in any Yosemite). Est imated between 5500 and 6000 feet. Has a wall facing the west of nearly two miles. From sketch made August, 1889.
6, The grand pinnacle, about 6000 feet above valley. Estimated highest point. Looking northeast from slopes at foot of "Sleeping Bear".
7, Upper end of the Yosemite of the Middle Pork of King's River, looking from a point near the top of the north wall. Showing Tulare Dome.
8, General view of the Yosemite of the South Fork of King's River, from near tire head of the trail.
9, Part of the south wall of the Yosemite of the Middle Fork King's River, from a bench of the north wall.
The last three subjects to be redrawn by Mr. Robinson.


New York

Date Original

1891 May 1


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.

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



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