Louie, Wanda & Helen
Sydney March 28 1904
Dear Louie & darlings Helen & Wanda I have finished packing up my many botanical specimens & [illegible] to go aboard the steamer Empire tomorrow evening to begin the long journey home via Hong-Kong Yokohama & Honolulu. Though I'm going aboard tomorrow we do not sail until Wednesday noon. We will call at several ports on the east coast of Australia & at Port Darwin on the north
also at several islands & Manilla arriving at Hong Kong about the 22d of April Here I intend to take the fine new steamer "Siberia", 12000 tons which sails from Hong Kong for San Francisco on April 30 & is due in San Francisco about the end of May. So you see I have only one more change to make between this wonderful antipodal Kangeroo & blue green country & California & home How glad I am to think of it. I seem to have been dragged
& driven over nearly all the world & how hard I have worked & how tired I have been & how steadily the fire of enthusiasm has burned through it all & how glorious has been the compensation in these strange wildernesses. I suppose you enjoyed Mr Klings visit. Many a story he must have told you but Ill tell you more, I have lots of lovely ferns & mosses for you The Siberia is one of Harrimans Pacific Mail ships. While waiting for her to
I may make a short excursion up the Yan[illegible] Kiang - for I may have a week or more at Hong Kong. Ill write again before leaving Sydney Not to have had a single letter from you has been very hard. Give my love to Maggie & Sarah & remember me to the Colemans [Dave?] & Swetts. Ever yours John Muir
Little Alpine flower from the mountains of New Zealand.
Have been botanizing lately in Queensland 1300 miles north of this Had grand time in the aboriginal forests of Araucaria Bidwelli & A. Cunninghamia
1904 Mar 28
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie, Wanda & Helen, 1904 Mar 28." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2762.
Reel 14, Image 0110
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