July 30. 1903.
Dear wife & Darlings. It was delightful to get an "All well again & Happy greetings so promptly yesterday morning. I started that cable message to you about noon on the 28th from an old dingy cellar below the hotel & received your reply at the Consulate the next forenoon about 10 o clock, less than a day. This is the first & only word since leaving home you will say it is only 2 1/2 months. but to me it seems as many years so many & strange things & places we have seen & experienced. I'm afraid you have been
sick. The Sargents have received 100s of letters. One of the last received day before yesterday told that Alice had been operated on for appendicitis. He cabled for news & received reply in about 6 or 7 hrs that she would soon be up & fairly well again.
We have just completed a long hard interesting side strip to the Ca[illegible]s & Crimea. About 3 weeks ago we came up here from St Petersburg but instead of stopping went south 1000 miles to Sebastopol, thence by carriage to Galpa along the bluff shore of the Black Sea. Thence by
steamer to Batoum. Thence by rail to Borjom, a grand forested mountain region in the Ante Caucasus, thence by rail to Tiflis a very famous, very queer, very dirty & very interesting [Georgian?] town. Thence by [illegible] with 4 hours [armed?] Cossack conductor etc through the great pass of Dariel across the Caucasus to Vlad[illegible]. past the base of Mt Kazbeck over 16000 ft high loaded with the loveliest Alpine flowers & ice & snow. We climbed the most charming wild gardens to height of 9500 feet & had grand views of the glaciers etc. Thence by rail back to Moscow. A few hrs after leaving Vlad[illegible] had a glorious view of Mt Elbrouse over 18000 feet high over vast grainfields & foothills & white rolling clouds. We mean to start on our long trip to Vladvastock Saturday evening. By stopping off here & there will probably be more than a month on the way. Ever affectionately John Muir
[in margin: Love to [Maggie?] Sarah & the rest]
1903 Jul 30
Original letter dimensions: 22 x 27.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Family], 1903 Jul 30." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2676.
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