John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]




Simla, India Oct. 18/03

Dear Louie, Im just about to leave Simla where I have had a grand time in the Deodar forests I so much wanted to see, & in the grand mountains. I have been here only 3 days but the elevation is over 7000 feet & the air bracing & reviving, so that though not used to walking these days I walked 6 miles yesterday around



a wooded hill without fatigue The views of the snowy summits of the Himalaya at sunrise are perfectly glorious Simla, though rather hard to reach, is one of the few places I hope the children may see some day. Darjeeling is another. My!! to think of mountains 29,000 & 30,000 feet high!! with all their wealth of ice & streams forests etc. etc.
I leave here at 1.30 P.M. go down 58 miles to the railroad at Kalpa in a coo[illegible]ial cart drawn by 2 horses Kept mostly at full gallop. arriving about 8 P.M. Thence to Delhi by rail arriving next morning about 3. o clock. Thence the same day Oct 19. about noon I start direct to Bombay. on my way home But how I don't know as yet, I would like to see a little of Palestine & Egypt & may go that way - thence back to Ceylon, etc I am now traveling alone - the tiger-hunter who went with me to Darjeeling, Benares, Lucknow, C[illegible], Agr[illegible], left me here, refusing to go into the mountains a 2d time. but I make pleasant acquaintances everywhere & am constantly growing stronger & richer in knowledge of Gods earth.



I have not heard a word from the Sargents since we parted at Shanghai I suppose they are home or nearly by this time Wish I was. I hate train travel & hotel - restaurant life in general, but I suppose there are a few more places I should see before I die. You are in the midst of the vintage - wish I had some good grapes - It seems years & years since I saw you all or heard from you I must try the cable again. In haste but in love ever yours

John Muir


Simla, India

Date Original

1903 Oct 18


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0846

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