John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



Thence we went to the Hague, Leyden & wandered through more parks, gardens museums, & picture galleries, thence to Harlem & wandered in the green clean neat streets & drove & walked through more parks galleries etc, each seeming more wonderful & interesting than the one before. & at each we had the advantage of having some of the nursery [men?] or professors of universities or Directors


[letterhead] Amsterdam, June 22 1903

Dear Louie. Since leaving Paris weve had a grand time in novel wonderful Holland We first stopped at Rotterdam a day or two wandering about through magnificent picture galleries, parks of fine bosky trees & flowers & miles & miles of nurseries from which shrubs & trees especially rhododendrons & azaleas & kalmias are shipped to most all the world.



of the parks as guides, kind wise & obliging going about with us taking us on drives to the most interesting parts of the towns & the adjacent country places. We arrived here this evening at supper time & how we eat nowadays, even me!! dinners or suppers of 8 or 10 courses & making a clean sweep of all without question Nearly the whole country lies between the sea level flat & green dotted with cattle villages & windmills & intersected by 1000s of miles of canals & ditches. Everything seems the best of its kind, & the skill & industry displayed in every way explains the aphorism Beats the Dutch. How queer it seems to a mountaineer to live below sea-level you may [clearly?] guess, but though enjoying these famous old world towns


the Crimea & across the Cancanses.
The weather ever since we landed at Liverpool has been cold & rainy & we all have taken cold. This has been our first sunny day & it is still very chilly & all the hotels however grand are like ice houses. But we will be warm enough & more before



I'll be glad to get into contact with pure wildness once more in wide Russia. We go next to Berlin, & in about a week expect to be in St Petersburg. From Moscow we mean to leave the main Trans Siberian road & go through



we get to Java.
One of the most interesting buildings we saw at the Hague was the summer Palace, We were conducted thro the rooms & hall - all exquisetly neat & clean & tasteful & mostly simple as to decorations The most interesting one of course was that in which the famous first Peace Congress was held Good night. Love to all. How I long for a word from home Ever thine

John Muir



Date Original

1903 Jun 22


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0670

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