John Muir


Helen [Muir]


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01724[1][letterhead]LONDON, Aug. 31 1893.[in margin: 789]My dear little HelenI am on the way home but it will take a good while to get home for it is a long way & I have to stop here & there along the road Still it will not be long after you get this letter until you get me. Only a few weeks & I'll write & let you know where I am all the time. I got back to England from the big mountains & glaciers of Switzerland last Monday & I was pretty tired for I traveled all night. Then I went to see a grand church full of curious looking old fashioned people made out of stone. Tuesday i went up the Thames river on a steamboat[2]to the Kerr Gardens where all kinds of beautiful trees & palms & ferns & flowers gathered from all the world are growing. I know that you & Wanda & Mama & grandma would be delighted to see them Thousands of men & women & little boys & girls were looking at them & they could go wherever the liked without paying anything if they were careful not to touch any of the flowers. These gardens are larger than all the ranch. Near the gate of the gardens there is a larger building called the Herbarium, & there I found my old friend sir Joseph Hooker & he was glad to see me. He knew me very well as soon as I walked into the room among the dried plants though it is seventeen years since we has seen each other. Next day he brought his family down to London - his wife & daughter & two boys


London, [England]

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1893 Aug 31


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1311

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