March 28. Rain again. Have finished packing up today and intend going aboard the S.S. Empire tomorrow afternoon to sail on the 30th, for Hongkong and home. The two last of my companions, Mr. Liddell and Shields leave me tomorrow evening for Melbourne, and I begin to feel lonesome, yet glad to begin the long journey home. March 29. In the morning writing letters to Louis, Dr. Merriam and Mr. Nicholson of London. Collected a few more photos of trees at Kerry’s. In the afternoon got all my boxes, plants, etc., in state room aboard the Empire, then gave little dinner to Muir, Shields and Liddell, so long my faithful and kind companions, and then friend Mr. McPhail, an excellent Scotchman. Then saw Mr. Shields and Liddell off on the train at 7:10 P.M. for Melbourne. Mr. McPhail then saw me aboard the Empire and I was left alone.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist