Louie [Strentzel Muir]
 Vladivostock Aug. 19. 1903
Dear Louie After many short stops here & there we are at last on the Pacific having crossed the whole vast breadth of Asia & now you don't seem so dreadfully far. We arrived yesterday morning very tired & dirty, having slept in our clothes the last 8 nights & the heat has been trying 80 to 90° in the cars. & miserable uneatable food at the stations most of the. Here it is delightfully cool - but the food is very poor. I'm resting today while the Sargents are out botanizing. I suppose we will be here a few days longer. Then Sargent wants to the A[illegible] for a day or two, thence back to
Harbin, thence to Mukden & thence to Peking which will require 8 or 10 days more of rail riding of most wearisome sort, but wit views of wonderful regions their rocks scenery flora people etc by way of compensation. I had made up my mind to leave the Sargents here & go to Japan Shanghai, etc as I long for the cool sea But Sargent advises very strongly against my going off alone & raises all sorts of objections, difficulty of arranging money matters etc. promises not to stay but a day or two in Pekin or hot dirty Mukden (suggestive [name?])
So I suppose Ill go on with him as far as Pekin or Shanghai - where I hope to hear from you once more. The whole trip has been exceedingly interesting for more so than anything I had read leads one to expect. And now dear wife & babies Heaven bless you How glad Ill be to get home
Love to all. John Muir
1903 Aug 19
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1903 Aug 19." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2690.
Reel 13, Image 0788
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