W[illiam] M. Canby
less shocking to affectionate natures and to those who are in near relationship.I have been, since my return, so very busy--indeed hard-worked--that I have not written, as I had intended, to thank you for the past pleasure and profit you gave me during our journey together. When I consider what a plague I was to you and how often and unmercifully--yes and unwarrantably--I let my sense of fun get the better of my discretion in teasing you I wonder at your forbearance. I do assure you that I constantly acknowledge to myself all Iowe to you of pleasure and knowledge and constantly feel that one of the best journeys of my life was made what it was by you. But for you I should scarce think of Alaska with a sense of proper knowledge or of the great delight in it which I now have. And so if you will let me I will ask you to think of me as being very grateful to you.I consider it the greatest thing I ever experienced in that I have seen God's hand carving out a country with his icy chisel. The more I think of it the more reverential I become.
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.
Reel 09, Image 1118
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