John Muir


John Muir


Helen & Wanda [Muir]





March 30 1904

Darling, Helen & Wanda. You seem nearer now for though still far my face is now turned homeward.
It is about 9 o'clock & at noon we sail. I'll see a little of the palmy balmy tropic isles, Manila & perhaps Gannett is he has not gone home.
I've collected big lots of New Zealand & Australian plants. My



last botanical trip was nearly 3000 miles long - from here to Queensland where the grand wild forests of Araucaria are - the Bidwelli & Cunninghamii - But I must not begin mentioning species or there will be no end. I always thought of you & Mamma when I was gathering ferns & mosses in fresh dewy woods.



you always came to mind also when I saw snowy mountains & floods of crystal water. My - how glad I'll be to get home & find you all well & happy I hope little Dorothy is strong & blooming now as well as Mirriam.
Keenie I hope will know me & give me a hearty greeting But poor Tom will not be there to meet me I am quite well & weigh 148 pounds!!


Don't tell the Coleman wives & mothers that I mentioned cat & dog on the same page with their babies.
Good bye dears for a month or two. The Siberia which leaves Hong Kong April 30th is due in San Francisco about the 28th of May On this ship the Empire I go no farther than Hong Kong. The rest of the way by the Siberia,

Ever your affectionate father John Muir

Darlings God bless you


Sydney [Australia]

Date Original

1904 Mar 30


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0122

Collection Identifier

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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