John Muir


John Muir





[in margin: It's late, must [illegible] to bed & get up early I'm feeling well & getting stronger in spite of the long rough rides & hot weather-]


Bombay Oct 23, 1903

Dear Louie & children

I expect to sail on the steamer "Peninsular" tomorrow for Egypt, lodging at [illegible]ez & going by rail to Cairo, I want also to see a little of Palestine if possible
I've seen far more of India than I expected The Simla region with its Deodar



forests & views of the high white Himalaya was gloriously interesting & all the way down here is full of novel sights & sounds. I think Midge that the funniest thing was limber long legged long tailed monkeys running along side the railroad as if trying to keep up with the train for fun



monkey boys I suppose, & sober old mammas setting on top of fence posts with babies in their arms, holding the youngsters so that they might get a good view while the train thundered past with [2?] rods of them. These wild monkeys are very tame for nobody molests them, the Hindoos however poor always try to help their tailed



neighbors in getting a living
O dear! I feel lonsome though I make acquaintances fast wherever I go. You would laugh to see me lecturing on glaciers etc to Hindoos, Parsees, Mahomitans Jews & gentiles on the cars & at hotel tables. I mean to turn back at the head of the Mediterranean & make haste home by Ceylon, Australia New Zealand Tus[illegible] [illegible] etc
With love to all John Muir


Bombay [India]

Date Original

1903 Oct 23


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0856

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