Geo[rge] Nicholson


John Muir



How I should have liked to see Egypt and India in your company! The immemorial East has always been a dream of mine but I fear it will remain a shadow for me. Also California - another dream. I have not the courage now to undertake a long journey nor indeed the means necessary. So I diligently peruse travels in various lands of which I possess quite an interesting series in my library.

Yours very sincerely

Geo. Nicholson.




3. 2. 04

Dear Mr Muir

I have tried hard to procure Hooker's Journal in the Himalayas but so far have failed. The first edition is out of print (2 vols) but a cheaper one I felt sure could be had. The other day however my order of a copy came back endorsed out of print. I am sorry but I shall



keep a look out in secondhand bookseller's lists and I am sure to succeed in time. I wonder what you are doing and where you are. I am busy with my microscope every day among lower forms of life and get a deal of pleasure out of it. The micro-fungi are my especial pets and I have a lot growing under a bell glass on the table I am now writing on.
So far I have made several additions to our knowledge


of these wonderful things. Prof. Sargent has written me once or twice but I am afraid I have left his letter unanswered. This however must be remedied. I am looking forward to your opinion on Leslie Stephens "Playground of Europe". The only thing I collect now is Alpine books. As I shall never climb again I content myself with reading of the regions "far above the ordinary haunts of the devil" and the pestilence that walketh in darkness".



Date Original

1904 Mar 2


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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