W[illia]m Lord Smith
been put on the track of the famous [deodars]. I wish I might see them with you [even] will look [forward] [to] hearing about them.
Kindly let me have a few lines at Cook's office Bombay as [to] your wherabouts if you have not sailed and if you have left what line you have taken.
When you come [to] Massachusetts again I should be most happy [to? see you and hope you will not fail [to] look me up. You can easily find me, though at present I have no Boston address. The best of luck if we fail [to] meet in Bombay. Sincerely yours
Wm. [William] Lord Smith
Johnson & Hoffman [ ] [Himalaya] photographs (Calcutta) possibly [branch] Bombay
Jeypore – Rajputana
Oct 19- 1903
I am writing this in case I do not see you in Bombay which may not be if you sail next Saturday.
Jeypore has proved very interesting. Being [in] one of the so called independent states it is almost exclusively Hindo, very few such [mohammedans] and about three English men. In a word it is the first "pukker" Indian place I have seen and offers the chance of seeing native life in the capital of a Maharajah, a direct
descendent of the sun god. There are so many interesting places between here and Bombay that I cannot arrive there anyway before Sunday I fear.
If you are still there I will hope to see Bombay and the caves of Elephanta with you.
I consider myself most lucky to have fallen in with you and thanks to you the, mountains, snows and trees will be much more interesting than before even if they should be bare of tigers.
This countries seems especially [favoured] by the royal [cat] and the royals has made a very
good collection of which I have taken advantage.
I fell in with a very interesting man here who evidently is connected with the Calcutta museum. He has proved that the Taj was not made by Italian brains but undoubtedly by Indian. I was very glad to hear it as I could not reconcile the facts and it [had] worried me in Agra as you may remember.
I may see you after all if you make a trip over from [Simla] into the forests which I hear are a day or more away- but you have probably met the local forester and
1903 Oct 19
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Smith, William Lord, "Letter from W[illia]m Lord Smith to [John Muir], 1903 Oct 19." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2707.
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