Louie [Strentzel Muir]
but hardly hoped to see. Should I see no more of Australia & the sky about the Southern Cross I would be repaid for my long journey many times over The ground is all mossy & ferny, & the forest is 3 stories high, 1st one of lovely tree ferns, 2d one of buck, sassafras, acacia etc & the 3d of gigantic eucalyptus covering hill & dale far & near- never imagined a
[in margin: P.S. I weigh 147lbs!! & am unwell or better than [illegible] many
Dec. 28, 1903.
We arrived here on the eve. of the 23d Spent the 24th in the Botanical & Zoological gardens the 25th & 26 out in the heart of the wild eucalyptus woods 60 or 70 miles from here. & had a glorious time The woods here abouts are said to be the best in the country - a government reservation an ideal Australian forest such as I have dreamed of for many years
[illegible] forest could be so beautiful a place after my own heart
In an hour or two we sail for Sidney where I shall leave this fine ship which has been my home for more than a month. After some days in the Blue Mountains back of Sidney I mean to go to New Zealand which I ought to see now I am here, tho I ought to be at home Then up to Java by New Guinea to Japan & then straight for S. F. I long awfully to see you Love to all again & again
Ever [illegible] [illegible] J. M.
1903 Dec 28
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1903 Dec 28." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2725.
Reel 13, Image 0920
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