Henry G. Bryant
Mr. John Muir,
One of the by-laws of the American Alpine Club (No.4) prescribes that "The Board of Directors shall XXXXXX consider names for Membership, and its approval shall be necessary before the names are submitted for election by the Club at large”. In view of the fast that the wide geographical dispersion of the members of the Board of Directors prevents frequent meetings of the Board and the consideration of candidates for membership it seems proper to Prof. Fay and the Philadelphia members of the Board to obtain the "approval" of the members of the Board by mail, rather than to adhere to ths plan of actual meetings which would result perhaps in only annual elections to membership. In pursuance of this view of the case, I herewith submit for your consideration the names of four gentlemen whose names haws been submitted together the with the name of their proposers and ths mountains, etc. to their credit. The Phila. members of the Board are prepared to recommend these names favorably to ths Club for election.
In view of the high qualifications of Mr. Henry P. Montagnier and mindful of ths fast that hs has written a sympathetic letter
o tho Secretary, his name is also recommended for membership, although in his case the formalities of proposers and seconders etc., have not been complied with. Additional information is desired concerning Messrs. Richardson & Yaple. The Philadelphia members would be glad to have from you an expression of opinion as to the best place for holding the next annual meeting.
Prof. Fay has called attention to the propriety of meeting in New York City some time during the last of December. She present method of sleeting members seems rather cumbersome and slow, and it appears to your Secretary that an amendment of the By-laws providing that all members should have a list of candidates submitted to them before election; but placing the responsibility of electing directly with ths Board- would bs advisable.
Any expression of your views on this subject or the form which our Club publication should take would be much appreciated by the board members living here.
Kindly write the word"approved"opposite the names which meet your approbation, or the word "disapprovsd” if you arrive at a different conclusion in regard to any of the”,
Bespeaking your early attention to the above, I am,
Yours very sineerely,
1903 Oct 13
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Bryant, Henry G., "Letter from Henry G. Bryant to John Muir, 1903 Oct 13." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2704.
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