Martinez California Oct. 20, 1904 Dear Sir Joseph, When I got home from my long journey abroad, none of the letters awaiting me gave greater pleasure than Mr Nicholson's, which assured me that you were again in your usual good health. How sorry Prof. Sargent and I were on leaving London last year without seeing you, you must know. We had an interesting trip, though far too short, through Southern Russia - the Crimea - along the Black Sea, to Batoum and Tiflis and across the Caucasus by the Dariel Pass and North to Moscow. Thence across the Urals, through vast fertile Siberia and beautiful Manchuria. We saw a good deal of Manchuria about Lake Baikal and Harbin, the Kingdom Mountains, the Amoor and Vladivostok. I wanted to see more of the Ural mountains and their dense forests than could be seen from the railroad; but Prof. Sargent would not stop even for a day. Leaving Siberia and Vladivostock we sailed to Shanghai, where we separated, Prof Sargent going for a few days to Pekin [Peking] and
1904 Oct 20
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. JD Hooker MUE-PIT
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