3& I ate breakfast with them at a nice place called the Lou[illegible] House, where all the waiters wear dress suits. After breakfast we all went to Westminister Abbey again the grand church I have just been speaking about where so many old Kings & Queens & nobleman used to say their prayers. Then we went to the Parliment House & the speaker of the House of Commons who is a friend Hooker showed us all the different rooms & told us lots of curious things Then we went to the British Museum where all kinds of birds & animals & flowers & bones are dried & stuffed & my! what a lot there now stuffed bears & [deer?] & elephants & g[illegible] & seals & eagles & all kinds of monkeys & everything. Today I went to see the Tower of London. A huge grim old castlefull of guns & swords & shields & armor & a thousand queer things that I have no room to write about. Then I went to the [back?] & found another letter from Wanda & a nice picture from you dated Aug. 14, & I was very glad to get them & I hope to get more before I leave this country for I do not start across the sea until the 16th of September. This afternoon I am going with Joseph Hooker & his family to their home which is about 30 miles from here & hope to have a good time. Then some time tomorrow I hope to start for Edinburgh & get ready for getting back to our own country. Ive been buying some nice things for you & I will look about for some more. Now my darling I must stop. I send you many kisses over the sea & over the mountains- & lots of love for all the family. Goodbye darling from papa John Muir
1893 Aug 31
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1313
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