Louie [Helen & Wanda]
To Mrs. Muir
Sitka, June 14, 1899
Dear Louie and. bairns:
We are just entering Sitka harbor after a delightful sail down Peril Straits, and a perfectly glorious time in Glacier Bay-5 days of the most splendid weather I ever saw in Alaska. I was out 3 days with Gilbert and Palache revisiting the glaciers at the upper end of Bay. Great changes have taken place. The Pacific Glacier has melted back four miles and changed into three separate glaciers, each discharging bergs, in grand style. One of them, unnamed and unexplored, I named last evening, in a lecture they made me give in the social Hall, The Harriman Glacier, which was received with hearty cheers. After the lecture Mr. Harriman came to me and thanked me for the great honor I had done him. It is a very beautiful glacier, the front discharging bergs like the Muir-about ¾ of a mile wide on the sea wall.
Everybody was delighted with Glacier Bay and the grand Muir Glacier, watching the beautiful bergs born in thunder, parties scattered out in every direction in rowboats and steam and naphtha launches on every sort of quest. John Burroughs and Charlie Keeler climbed the mountain on the east side of Muir Glacier, 3000 feet, and obtained a grand view far back over the fountain to the glorious Fairweather Range. I tried hard to get out of lecturing, but was compelled to do it. All seemed pleased. Lectures every night. The company all good-natured and harmonious. Our next stop will be Yakutat.
I'm all sunburned by three bright days among the bergs. I often wish you could have been with us. You will see it all some day. Heaven bless you. Remember me to Maggie.
1899 Jun 14
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Louie [Helen & Wanda], 1899 Jun 14." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2412.
Reel 10, Image 0841
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