Henry T. Finck


Henry T. Finck


John Muir


2plains to the East. — We have been very lucky in seeing Mt. Tacoma and the Canadian Rockies in but their summer attire & their winter overcoat. What a difference the overcoat makes!You may remember that my wife and I were in the party - including John Burroughs, Charles Reeler & other - that called on you one day last June. You then told me some interesting things about the attempted theft of the Hetch Hetchy. I am writing up my trip for Scribner's Magazine. The article will not be out till January or perhaps even February;[in margin: Answered][letterhead]Sept 20, 09My Dear Mr. Muir.I wonder if you ever heard of the little Tyrolean girl who was travelling in Germany and suddenly exclaimed "Oh Mama! Look out the window! How beautiful! There isn't a mountain in sight!"We feel almost like that spoiled girl, for since May we have been steadily feasting on mountains. At any rate we do not dread, as we might otherwise, the three days' trip across the04588 3but it must be finished by the middle of October. In it I want to refer to the Hetch Hetchy. I saw your article in the Sierra Club Bulletin. Have you written anything since, and where could I find it? What is the present outlook, & when will congress act? I hope my article will not be too late to help along the good cause. If you have time to answer my questions, please address me at 485 Manhattan Ave., New York. I shall be there on October 3.We recall with much pleasure the hours we spent at your house & only regret that yu were to busy to go with us the next day to see Luther Burbank. – My present trip has convinced me it is high time for me to bring out a new edition of my "Pacific Coast Scenic Tour". With kindest messages from Mrs. Finck and myself, I am yours sincerelyHenry T. Finck.


Banff, Alta., Canada

Date Original

1909 Sep 20


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0742

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.


2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.