April 7, 1930 – JSA to G. A. Martin

April 7, 1930 – JSA to Mr. G. A. Martin (NYC) –

My dear Mr. Martin:

You might be interested in knowing that our local Senator, Thomas C. Brown, has just introduced a bill, Int. 1843, with the hopes of completing the permanent protection in the Narrows by the acquisition by the State of the Paradise bay and Black Mountain lands. The plan is to keep this land in its natural condition, as Mr. Knapp has kept it, but to do so permanently. This we believe will be a real benefit to Mr. Knapp, as well as the public in that it will give him more privacy by directing the public’s interest away from the part he uses which as you probably know, is the extreme south portion.

It is intended that he retain about two miles of shore the whole of Shelving Rock and about five thousand acres of land which contain all of his improvements. All those who have analyzed the situation agree that it would be as very natural and happy decision for all concerned.

At present, as you know, hundreds of campers are landed very close to his private camp and our plan is for the state to build a public dock for big boats, at some suitable place some distance from his present camp. It is our belief that there will always be a conflict unless a natural division of this property is made, and it is of course important that the state acquire the land before it is built upon of affected by the proposed road through Pilot Knob to Hewletts.

If you find yourself in sympathy with this idea and care to send me a telegram of letter to the Governor and also one to Senator Thomas C Brown, expressing the hope that this important protecting work be completed,, it would, I am sure, be very helpful at this time. Since the Legislature adjourns in about a week, your early attention would be desirable.

Hoping you and your family are enjoying good health, and that I may have the pleasure of seeing you in the near future at Lake George, I remain

Sincerely yours,


P.S. If you happen to know anyone else who might take similar action to help preserve the east shore, a letter or telegram from them would be very helpful. J.S.A.