John Muir


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September 2nd. Still alive. Morphine to stupefy pain and brandy to hold life. September 3rd. Arrived at old quarters in Vladivostock at 7:00 A.M., after most painful days of all my experience in this world. Learn the steamer sails at 3:00 P.M. today. Robison [Sargent] loses passport and can’t buy ticket or leave country. After big fuss went to American Consul and under his direction got out papers enabling him to leave. Got off at 6:00 P.M. and now hope to get well. Ate a little supper and suffer no pain. September 4th. Glorious to be free from pain. Arrive at [Wonsan], beautiful harbor on Korean Coast. Leave at night.(See pages 16 and 17) September 5th. At [Wonsan], a magnificent harbor surrounded by mountains. A Prince Will Sound on small scale. Instead every feature is glacial. Very picturesque. September 6th. Sea within sight of land at Sun San. Another fine harbor - glacial. September 7th. Good-looking man and woman Koreans; limbs of stevedores admirable. September 8th. Arrive at 6:30 this morning at Nagasaki. The harbor most beautiful, bold and telling in glacial form and color of vegetation. A lovely place, swarming with fine steamers from all the world. Junks, boats of every description, but the town and shopping is scarce noticed in presence of the grand eloquent scenery. Sail at 2:45 on the German (Sketch: Looking out harbor gate […], a [lit] S [by] E)

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