Lyndon B. Johnson's Secretary of the Interior sends a letter to a school teacher in California for her historical scrapbook; he adds the concluding passage from his book The Quiet Crisis

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STEWART UDALL Lyndon B. Johnson's Secretary of the Interior sends a letter to a school teacher in California for her historical scrapbook; he adds the concluding passage from his book The Quiet Crisis Typed Letter signed: "Stew L. Udall" as Secretary of the Interior, in black ink, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1965 April 22. On letterhead of the Department of the Interior Office of the Secretary, addressed to Sister Mary Linus, San Luis Rey, California. In full: "Dear Sister Mary Linus: I was deeply impressed and humbled by your letter of March 24 asking that I submit a message for inclusion in your historical scrapbook. I hope, however, that my ser-vice to the Nation and the work of the others who are engaged in the conservation crusade can continue to be recognized by your students of today as well as those of a half century distant. In such a way we can get more supporters for our cause and accomplish more in a shorter time - - and time is short. For my message of today and the readers of your book fifty years hence, I would like to offer this concluding passage from my book, "The Quiet Crisis:" 'We can have abundance and unspoiled environ-ment if we are willing to pay the price. We must develop a land conscience that will inspire those daily acts of stewardship which will make America a more pleasant and more productive land. If enough people care enough about their continent to join in the fight for a balanced conservation program, this generation can proudly put its signature on the land. But this signature will not be mean-ingful unless we develop a land ethic. Only an ever-widening concept and higher ideal of conservation will enlist our finest impulses and move us to make the earth a better home both for ourselves and for those as yet unborn.' Sincerely yours," Stewart Lee Udall (1920-2010), a Democrat who represented Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1955-1961, served as Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson (1961-1969). During his tenure, the U.S. established national wilderness areas and trails and wild-and-scenic river systems. The Congressional seat Stewart Udall gave up to enter JFK's Cabinet was occupied for the next 30 years by his younger brother, Morris Udall, a Presidential candidate in 1976. Udall, who had served in the Air Force during WWII, was an outdoorsman and conservationist, and had actively defended conservation interests while serving on the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. He later wrote a book, The Quiet Crisis (1963) that gave a huge boost to the environmental movement. Udall also wrote syndicated columns on the environment. Horizontal mailing folds. Adhesive residue from a previous mounting on verso, with light show-through. Otherwise, fine condition.

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