[Harry Fielding] Reid
[First draft of letter, in note-book #69] (80)
[Harry Fielding Reid]
My dear Mr, Reid: [Jan, 1901]
The funny fake about the destruction of the Alaska glaciers by the earthquake of Sep. 1900? was believed and swallowed by most everybody, and I have been commiserated and consoled with at a great rate ever since on the loss of the poor fragile Muir Glacier. I have been busy telling the mourners to dry their tears for as far as earthquakes are concerned glaciers are less destructible than the mountains. Excepting the premature discharge of bergs I can conceive of no other effects likely to be caused by a shake, but I have no authentic information. I can easily believe that a big mass has fallen from the front of the Windam Glacier, for on the very day of my first visit to the Taku glaciers a large mass fell from the undermined part of the snow over the main draining stream damming it.
[See Travels in Alaska, p. 240]
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [Harry Fielding] Reid, [1901 Jan]" (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4386.
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