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Dec 5 1903
My dear Mr. Muir: -
Enclosed you will phase find the letter for Mrs. Alexander Scott whose romantic story we told you, and if you have time, and can find her in Auckland I think it is she was living the last we heard about her, I am sure you would like her, and I only wish I could be there too so as to see her again and meet her husband.
We have just returned from
turned out, in fact we heard from a tea man that it might not sail until noon as the tea could not be loaded in the rain.
We had afternoon tea at his bungalow, his sister doing the honors, and the house and grounds are charming. He was interested in your name as you were in the Muir in his firm. It was very kind in him to take charge of us as he did and we have had a very pleasant impression of Colombo at once, in consequence.
I am giving this to the gentleman at our table to deliver to you, and now you have received one letter at any rate Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey home, and with regards from us all and pleasant recollections of our experiences together in Egypt and on the high seas, I am Sincerely, Laura Bell.
saying goodbye to our four American friends who waited for us here, taking the train to Kandy this afternoon so as to see us as soon as we landed. We shall probably [join?] them there in a few days.
I am so sorry that you did not take the risk of going up there this morning so as to see the talipes palms and other uncommon trees - probably you will scoff at this and say they are not uncommon in this part of the world - however, I wish you had gone, as it is now posted up in the hotel that the Barbarossa does not sail until 8. A.M tomorrow and you would have enjoyed it so and had plenty of time as it
1903 Dec 5
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 27.5 cm.
Bell, Laura, "Letter from Laura Bell to John Muir, 1903 Dec 5." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2716.
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