C[harles] S[prague] Sargent
ARNOLD ARBORETUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY.Jamaica Plain, Mass., June 16, 1904.My dear Muir:I am delighted to learn that you are safely back in Martinez. I have often felt anxious about you since we parted, but you have certainly made good your boast that you knew how to take care of yourself and could not be lost. It is very good news indeed that you are in such fine condition and have seen so many in-teresting things, and I only wish I had seen half of them.After we separated in Shanghai Robeson and I embarked on a Chinese steamer for Pekin. One of the European officers had a bad case of cholera on board and this demoralized us a good deal, but so far as we were concerned nothing came of it. I enjoyed Pekin very much and saw a few most interesting trees there, beautiful temples, a lot of dirt, etc., etc. From Pekin we returned to Shanghai and then went by steamer to Singapore. Leaving Shanghai I was taken down with an attack of the [dinger ?] fever which made me uncomfortable and kept me in my stateroom for eight days, among other things depriving me of the opportunity of going to Canton. We staid a few days at Singapore and then went to Java where we were a couple of weeks, far too short a time to do anything more than see the Gardens which, although less beautiful than the ones at Singapore, are older, far richer, better equipped and more interesting.From Java we returned to Singapore, then to Hongkong where I had a [Illegible] of capital days botanizing all over the island, then back to Shanghai to pick up our various belongings, then by the03382
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
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