John Muir


John Muir





I reached Calcutta from Singapore on the night of Sep. 30. (only 3 days ago.) Next day visited the Calcutta Botanic gardens Saw the famous Banian Tree. etc. & many curious palms & ferns & orchids & people & places & at 4 P.M. took train for Darjeeling about 7000 feet above the sea which I reached next day in the afternoon. What a ride up the mountain it was & what a change of climate from the sweltering heat of the Ganges Delta to the snow cooled breezy heights in fr[illegible]


Darjeeling, India

Oct 3, 1903.

Dear Louie & darlings

This morning from a ridge back of the hotel here I had a glorious view of the highest part of the Himalaya, I expect to see more of the range in the next week or so. This so far is the most interesting part of my trip though I had no thought or hope of coming here when I left home, or indeed until I separated from Sargent.



In about a week I return to Calcutta Thence I intend to go in a round about course to Bombay seeing much by the way. Thence probably to Ceylon, & thence -(don't know how) home.
I'm so thankful God has let me see His Himalaya, & so soon after it it seemed I would see but little more of anything here or elsewhere in this fine t[illegible]
I'll write again before I leave these mountains Wish I could get a letter from you Ever your affectionate husband & father

John Muir



Mt Everest & Kinchinjinga where over coats are required & good fires. I'm glorying in the crisp mountain air the first Ive breathed since leaving the Sierra & am regaining the health & flesh & lost in Russia. My appetite is better than it has been for years & I bid fair to grow fat in spite of tropic heat, hotels queer food & a" that. So much for health. I wish you could be here all of you & Maggie The climate is delightful & scenery glorious


Darjeeling, India

Date Original

1903 Oct 3


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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