John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez May 13. 91

My dear Mr Johnson-

I took up the Kings River Yosemites last fall, & in looking over my old notes found that it would be well to make another trip to get more exact measurements of heights - the present condition of the flora etc. I had set the day for starting but my fatherinlaws illness prevented & since his death in October I have been very busy & heavily care-laden. Dont feel able to write well – but of course I must haggle through the article I promised in some way. I mean to set out on another excursion to the Kings


River Yosemite of the South – Fork in a day or two for the measurements I want & also for the purpose of getting the scales & burrs of business rubbed off & soaked off in the brush & rocks & winds of that glorious wilderness. Robinson says he will go with me if I pay expenses & I mean to take him in case more illustrations should be required. He is now redrawing my 3 sketches you sent him. I am going to San Francisco this morning & will get the best map I can & will draw the boundaries of proposed new park, On the west it should join the New Kings R. Sequoia park. This map I shall send you tomorrow.


I have not yet found out whether Gov. Markham was influenced by the Yosemite ring in withholding his approval of the free road bill or simply by general economy. Robinson would I guess make a better timber agent than Mackenzie. M. I fear would drink too much. Public opinion here is I am sure generally in favor of the resumption of the Yo-grant by the government. Only Pix & Irish would oppose for still John P. Irish he says Let Yosemite Valley be Or else you’ll catch the devil Or me But who the devil say the people Is he


Count me in the Defense Association. Armes will try to start a branch here But Californians generally care very little about Yosemite & forest parks. I greatly admire the fighting push & pluck disp[illegible]ed in carrying through the copyright Bill & heartily congratulate you. Your verses in the last Century are very good, far the best thing I have seen of yours. A perfect gem in expression holding a grand idea Wish I could [visit?] you & your park & your Century. Train time & I must run. Ever cordially yours John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1891 May 13


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Reel 07, Image 0141

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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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