Mark B. Kerr
San Francisco, November 16. 1891
My dear Prof Muir,
Your letter of 12th reached me to=day.- I feel sure that I can organize the Expedition and arrange everything so as to be satisfactory to you for as the Scientist of the Expedition you will be entirely independent of my movements as Astronomer & Executive Officer As soon as matters are in a more definite shape I will confer with you and we can together formulate [a plan?] of action which I think will be successful.- Russell made the same mistake the year just past, as we did the year previous.- and profiting by his experience, we can establish a camp on East face of Elias, at our old camp “Dome pass”.- . Then you and I can make the rush for the back=
bone, leaving 6 men to bring up rest of supplies & 2 men to provide us with means for holding the fort until we can get settled weather long enough to succeed in reaching the summit.- Then, if we have good luck, we can return to base camp & we can take a sledge journey up the Seward Glacier, discover its sources, cross over & via Coffer River, have a try at Wrangell I have an idea of forming 2 parties and have a boat party sent up Coffer River, meeting us at head of [Chittgna?] or perhaps further up the Coffer and give us a source of supply. But time enough to arrange the details when I have everything in hand, but I feel we will succeed, and now must wait & see what the Topographical Co[illegible] will do, and arrange about the additional money required by private subscription.-
Mark B. Kerr.
San Francisco, [Calif]
1891 Nov 16
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Kerr, Mark B., "Letter from Mark B. Kerr to John Muir, 1891 Nov 16." (1891). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 124.
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