Herbert W. Gleason
June 23, 1914.My dear Mr. Muir: I am sending you a photograph of that tall red fir which I took last summer on our trip out from Tehipite Valley, a copy of which you said you would like. This, of course, is an enlargement and you can tack it up on your wall, if you think it is worth it. I thank you for your two good letters of June 11 and 12, especially for the information about Alaska weather on the coast. We have decided to make the trip as early as possible, and we now plan to leave Seattle July 15. As we go west over the Canadian Pacific we shall not be able to accept your kind invitation to make you a visit on our way out,but it is very likely that we shall come to San Francisco when we return, and then I shall want to see you and talk things over. You are entirely right in wishing to select your own illustrations for the Alaska book. I hadno thought of proposing anything else. My idea wasto secure a series of photos to use in my lecturesand then to give you an opportunity to select such asyou might deem fitting to serve as illustrations for your book. Mr. Scudder tells me that he can easily05783reproduce your pencil sketches and he will want to use them. Mr. Mifflin's idea was also to use a number of large-sized photographs as adding to the attractiveness of the book. My plan is to take one of the Pacific Alaska Navigation Co. boats and go as far west as Kadiak Island. Then returning, to atop over at Cook Inlet,Prince William Sound, Yakutat Bay and Glacier Bay, the length of each atop depending on favorable weather conditions for photographing.I also hope to make a visit to Sum Dum Bay from Juneau. Of course, I cannot hope to visit all the various localities described in your book, and even if I could I fancy conditions have changed in many places so that views taken today would not accurately represent the scenes as you saw them. But the publishers wish to secure a number of general views to add to your sketches, and they thought my going to Alaska was a good opportunity. I am just sending to Mr. Colby for the Sierra Club an album of views which I took on the Yosemite outing of 1911. If you get a chance, you may liketo look them over. Faithfully yours, 05783
1914 Jun 23
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.
Reel 22, Image 0433
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