Harry Fielding Reid


John Muir




Cleveland, O. Oct 27, 1891

My dear Prof. Muir,

Yours of the 20th came yesterday. Thank you very much for your information about Granite Canon. I am delighted that your conclusion with regard to the moraines from Main Lake to Muir Inlet, is exactly the same as mine. From a photograph that Prof. Wright took in 1886 I have been able to plot into my map the position of

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the ice front in that year, which shows a recession in p[illegible] years of about 1000 yards. I am making a special map of the upper part of Muir Inlet on a scale of 1 / 20,000 (about 3 inches to the mile) to show our stations, the position of the ice front in 1890 & in 1886, and the positions of the flags we used for measuring the motion of the ice. I should like very much to add to the interest of this map by plotting in the position of the ice front at your first visit in 1879. If you do not



object to this please drop me a line as soon as possible, as I shall not do it without your express permission. I hope to have my report in print sometime this fall. With regard to furnishing Capt. Carroll with bearings for determining the future rate of recession, I can do it so much more easily & satisfactorily when my map is published, that I think it would be better to wait until then, especially as no more observations can be made until next summer.

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I think Capt. Carroll’s estimate of the recession during the past year is too small. I am inclined to think 100 yards closer to the true annual recession than 100 feet. My large may in on a scale of 1 / 100 000, (about 2/3 inch to the mile) [but?] still it covers a sheet 23x27 inches. it shows Mt. Young to be 10 miles from Lynn Canal, with a possible error of 2 ½ miles. This uncertainty comes from not knowing the longitude of Camp Muir very closely. Mrs. Reid joins me in Kind regards,

I am very sincerely yours

Harry Fielding Reid.


Cleveland, O[hio]

Date Original

1891 Oct 27


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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