Charles E. Fay
Navy, the arctic explorer and President of the International Polar Commission, in case his ship should be detailed to American ports. Mr. Bryant, under pressure of time, sent out a communication on behalf of the Club to the Italian minister at Washington, to second a request from other sources that Capt. Cagni might be so detailed.
It would appear from the press reports from Rome that Italian warships are to visit the United States in November, and presumably Cagni will command one of these.
Is it not then desirable for the Executive Board to take some action in the matter at the earliest possible date?
So far as I know the officers of the Club here in the East favor such a
Tufts College, Mass.
September 29, 1908.
Mr. John Muir,
President of the American Alpine Club,
My dear Mr. President: -
Our Secretary, Mr. Bryant, is still abroad. Before his departure I agreed to perform, so far as I was able, the duties of his office, and am acting in his stead in addressing you at this time.
I think you heard from him in the early summer touching a reception to Capt. Cagni of the Italian
reception, either to be given by our own Society singly or in cooperation [diacritic] with others, such as the Peary Arctic Club and the Explorers Club (New York).
In view of the brevity of the time I would venture to suggest that you should appoint a Committee of three to determine the advisability and, if desirable, the Character of the function and to act as a Committee of arrangements to carry it into execution.
Might I further suggest that Mr. H. L. Bridgman, our fellow-member who is also Secretary of the Peary Arctic Club, be made the Chairman of the Committee, and possibly no more advantageous method of completing its number would offer than to ask him to choose his coadjudtors upon it.
Mr. Bridgman's offices in arranging for the Club's dinner in honor of the Duke of Abruzzo showed in him a real genius for such delicate service.
With expressions of high regard I am
Charles E. Fay.
Tufts College, Mass.
1908 Sep 29
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Fay, Charles E., "Letter from Charles E. Fay to John Muir, 1908 Sep 29." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5530.
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