In 1922 Krishnamurti and Nitya travelled from Sydney to California . In California they stayed at a cottage in the Ojai Valley . It was thought that the area's climate would be beneficial to Nitya, who had been diagnosed with tuberculosis . Nitya's failing health became a concern for Krishnamurti.   At Ojai they met Rosalind Williams , a young American who became close to them both, and who was later to play a significant role in Krishnamurti's life.  For the first time the brothers were without immediate supervision by their Theosophical Society minders.  They found the Valley to be very agreeable. Eventually a trust , formed by supporters, bought a cottage and surrounding property there for them. This became Krishnamurti's official residence. 
I am sad to see that here it is indirectly and wrongly suggested that Cooper diminishes the role of religion, or that he regards it as a "useless" in the wilderness. You're not being fair to Cooper since he is not using the character of David Garmout to criticize the role of religion in general. To assume such interpretation would be to neglect Cooper’s own position towards religion.
It's worth stating that James Fenimore Cooper was actually a religious man, and not only the great support he gave to his Episcopal Church is a testimon