Harry Fielding Reid


John Muir



Atlantic City, N.Y. Sept 17 1891

My dear Prof. Muir,

I am delighted you liked the photographs I sent you. I hope you will accept them as a mark of my friendship. How I should have enjoyed scrambling with you among the Sierras! We have spend the summer in the Adirondack Wilderness, west of the mountains



We went their for the health of Mrs Reid’s mother. it rained five days out often; and I concluded that one should go to Alaska if they want dry weather. I had an interesting letter from Miss [Scidmore?] a few days ago. I suppose you also have heard of the visit she and some friends made to our old camp. I was surprised that they found things in such good order. I shall be so interested



in your article on the Glacier. My own work has not yet gone to press, but I hope it will very soon. Did I write you that the fastest motion of the ice that I found was 7 feet a day? The size of the instruments, their distance from the flags, etc. make it possible, tho’ not probable that this may be in error by two feet. The ice in



Granite Canon puzzles me, and you are the only one who can set me straight. Does the ice slope down & terminate in the canon, or does it slope up & join the tributary glaciers on the mountain sides? I think the former is true; at any rate I am satisfied that the upper part of the canon is closed up & that the drainage is back under the ice into Muir Inlet. Cushing has gone to Germany to study for a year or more. The other “chimney-[illegible]"



are at work in or near Cleveland, where I myself return in a day or two. Mrs Reid joins me in kind regards & I am very sincerely yours

Harry Fielding Reid.



Atlantic City, N. J.

Date Original

1891 Sep 17


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0295

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