I am fairly well - not well enough to have much energy to tackle anything serious in the way of work. I must next year see what tramping a little on a glacier will do. If anything will cause the oil of life to burn a little more brightly that is it I am sure. I was at a lecture a short time ago and saw a lot of Alaska slides on the screen. I was immensely interested in the series on account of your connection with the stickeen country. I hope you are keeping well and that you are better in every way for your long absence from home - and no worse for such long and arduous journeys.
Yours very sincerely
Dear Mr Muir
Your letter of 28 Oct gave me genuine pleasure. I had often wondered where you were and how you were getting on. I envy your trip to Darjeeling &c: the "immemorial East" has been the dream of my life and I fear the reality will never come now. At least you will have had distant glimpses of the roof of the world. A fellow
traveller and climber has given me urgent invitations to go to him in India, and promises to show me the mountains, so if my health permits I may after all get to Darjeeling &c. I fairly hunger for the mountains and feel sure I should pick up if I got within sight of the eternal snows. This year I have seen nothing beyond the snow clad hills (Lochnagar &c) of Scotland and was only in reality a day in real hilly country. I look forward with great pleasure to a letter from you after your arrival at home and shall look out for your "impressions
de voyage" when published. I wrote Sir Joseph Hooker for a copy of Sir William Hooker's life but he had none left. So I post with this my own copy - I can always refer to another copy at Kew if I want to. L[illegible] Stephens' Playground of Europe also goes by this mail - I hope you will experience as much pleasure in reading it as I did. Sir Joseph Hooker is apparently much better than he was in the early part of the year - I have not seen him myself lately but he has been at work in the Herbarium and the reports given me of him are favorable. As for myself
1903 Nov 13
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.
Nicholson, George, "Letter from Geo[rge] Nicholson to John Muir, 1903 Nov 13." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2711.
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