James Murdock


James Murdock


[John Muir]



St. Kilda

York Road


1st June 1904

Dear Sir

I wonder if you are home yet. The last I heard of you was nearly a year ago when I run across from [illegible]llane to Dunbar on my Bicycle to see Mrs. Sunam. You were then in London on the eve of starting for Siberia or some other outlandish country in a trip round the world. I hope you had a good time of it and are now safe home again.
I have half a mind to go across that great [pond?] which separates this little country from yours to revisit some of the places I saw in 1901 and see some others. This depends however on whether I can get a friend to accompany me. One with whom I was talking recently thinks he might go if I took a different route from what I did in 1901. He favours



going to Canada by the St. Lawrence route and across the Canadian Rockies to California & the Yosemite Valley and back the way I took by the Santa Fe route to St. Louis & Eastward — or vice versa i.e. going by the south route and coming back by the Canadian Rockies. I was somewhat disappointed that I did not see the Yellowstone Park so if I go across I must start a little earlier than I did last time. Of course we would take Martinez and look you up and have a long palaver. My friend is about the same age as myself. He was chief accountant in the Commercial Bank of Scotland and many years ago (between 40 & 50 I think) was clerk in the Dunbar branch of that Bank, so he and you might know some people to talk about. It is not alt all decided yet however about [us?] going.


I should like if you would give me your views about the route and any other information that might be of use to us.
I was calling on Mr. Douglas the publisher today and he was talking about you. He has a little book in hand by one of our h[illegible]t -keepers in the Natural History of the Bell Rock which he got me to write an introduction to. When it is published-which may not be for months yet - I will send you a copy. I am sure it will interest you.
My wife has two cousins in Philadelphia Pa and I wish I could get her to accompany me across the Pond for she could stay with them while I was in the west, but I do not think she would go.
If it is not too much trouble please let me hear from you soon [about?] this wild project of mine & Believe me

sincerely yours

James Murdock

Professor John Muir





Date Original

1904 Jun 01


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 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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