John Muir


[John Muir]


Helen [Muir]




Cairo Nov 19, 1903

Hello Helen you all seem so near & yet so far You know I'm used to good big distances. but when I think of the endless thousands of water [illegible]les to Ceylon, Eucalyptus & Kangeroo & Paddy Grogan Land, Page - Page, Tahiti, However I get lonesome. Mercy what a trip this has been what is left as tail of it is so monstrous long.



But how great has been the compensation - The Crimea, the Caucasus, Russia, Siberia, Manchuria, Korea China, the straits at Singapore, India, the Red Sea & mountains of Arabia Egypt etc etc.
When I left the Sargents I was weak & sick & weighed about 100 lbs Now I think I weigh more than when I left home & I always find someone to talk glaciers & sequoias to At Rangoon on the way to India I fell in with a young tiger hunter from Korea &


Boston & Manchuria who went with me about half the time I was in India. parted with him at Delhi - for he refused to go again into the Himalaya. On the steamer from Bombay to Suez I made lots of acquaintances & up the Nile a lot more, among these last are three Bells from Philadelphia - brother & sisters who are also going on the Barbarossa to India so I shall have the pleasure of their company as far as Colombo, Ceylon. & on so big a ship. on so long a voyage Port said to Sedney 5 or 6 weeks I'll make many pleasant acquaintances if not friends. How you would have laughed could you have seen & heard me teaching educated Hindus & Parsees & Mahometans what glaciers & sequoias are. Riding donkeys too is funny. & to see wild moneys, the long legged kind, racing along the railroad bank trying to keep up with the train Here are some post cards, Heaven bless you darlings


Cairo [Egypt]

Date Original

1903 Nov 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0876

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