John Muir signed letter referencing Yosemite and Congress in 1913 COA PSA/DNA

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. Muir petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. He is often referred to as the "Father of the National Parks” and he is frequently quoted by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams.

The letter reads as follows

Martinez, Cal. Dec. 31, 1913

Dear Miss Harwood:

            Many thanks for your kind letter. Though the park destroyers by disgraceful means have managed to get their bill through Congress, the battles we have fought for the Yosemite Park during the last twelve years have not been in vain. The whole country has been aroused to the danger all our parks & playgrounds are exposed to, and invasions like that of San Francisco are hardly to be looked for in future. Anyhow we have done the best we could and must now turn to other work.

            With all good new year wishes I am faithfully yours

                                                John Muir

Dimensions of the letter is 8.5" by 11".


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