John S. Gray
[letterhead]U.S. Spokane Near Killisnoo AlaskaJuly 26th 1903Dear Friend Mr. MuirHaving just come away from Glacier Bay where I had a distant view of the great glacier named after yourself it seemed to me that I might take the liberty of writing you a few lines, before we leave this great country of Alaska. What a wonderful country it is, and how I have had to correct preconceived ideas regarding it, its climate, its vegetation and its grandure of mountain scenery. Perhaps in the first item we have been more than favored, by having delightful sunshine all the time. The luxuriance of vegetation I had demonstrated last evening in penetrating the thicket in front of Davidsons glacier which was well-nigh impenetrable- And then these glacier mountains and snow capped peaks in such unending succession have been more than all else, a surprise.We left Detroit two weeks ago and at Milwaukee were joined by Mr & Mrs. Edward Lindsay. For a time while there, we were in doubt whether to continue or turn back, as we heard there of the death of a grand child only an hour or two previous- but the use of the long distance phone helped us to decide in favor continuing on and so coming by C[illegible]an Pacific we came out at Seattle & were soon on board this good Str bound for the North- We are hoping to meet Isabella in Portland & return to the Yellowstone together and it is possible she may have called at your place ere now as she was coming up from Southern California-03276
Near Killisnoo [Alaska]
1903 Jul 26
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Reel 13, Image 0732
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