Sydney January 1st 1904
Dear wife & barrens
Happy New Year & everything good be yours. Little did I think when I left home that the New Year would find me so far from California
It is midsummer here with very warm weather & of course it is not easy to realize that this is a genuine New Years day. I spent Christmas in a grand wild ferny Eucalyptus
forest 60 or 70 miles from Melbourne, & today I'm going a little way into the Blue Mountain forests about Mt Victoria. & never could holidays be more delightfully celebrated by a California tree lover. if only you could be with me. But how long it is since I even heard
Yesterday in the botanical gardens I found a new Auraucaria (new to me) The one from New Caledonia named for Captain Cook. It is even more beautiful than the exelsa from Norfolk Island The Bidwell species grows in great forests not far from Brisbane & I hope to see it in all its glory of wildness.
On the 11th of this month I intend to sail for New Zealand for a month: visit to the strange forests,
geysers, glaciers ferny fiords etc. returning to Sidney via Tasmania, & starting thence for Singapore March 2d, & thence to Japan & thence to San Francisco direct, an awful long way but it seems best & my health is so much improved. You will hardly know me
Give my hearty New Years greetings to everybody. Ever with Love
1904 Jan 1
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Family], 1904 Jan 1." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2737.
Reel 14, Image 0021
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