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
1903 Nov 19
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Helen [Muir], 1903 Nov 19." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2713.
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