John Muir


John Muir


[A. H., Fay and Frank ?] Sellers


Martinez, California

June 16th 1904.

Dear Sellers three-

I got home safe & sound rich & heavy laden with notes, specimens, photographs & nerve pictures every cell of me full & tingling joyfully triumpantly, Russian tea, hard wanderings, starvation, & deadly microbes to the contrary notwithstanding & found all well & prosperous after being away more than a year. I arrived at San Francisco on the 27th of last month, & a few days after reaching home Keith & my two girls made me go wandering again along the Grand Canon [diacritic] & through the Petrified forests of Arizona. So I may say I am just home now. The slightest sketch of the big trip would be a long story - too long for letter


The Ural Mountains as far I saw them are low & broad & densely forested, mostly with P[illegible] stris, The Siberian road runs through one contin[ual?] bed of fertile soil open grass or lightly covered with belts & patches of birch trees 30 or 40 feet high. Magnificent pine & larch forests about Tomsk & Irkutsk . A wonderful lake is Baikal 400 miles long, 5000 feet deep at South and though only 1500 ft above the sea, & bounded by granite bluffs. Man[illegible] is a beautiful country - richly forested mountains & low hills alternating with charming - open fertile sunny valleys - & broad level plains to southward The lands along the Amour also fertile & forested with oak ash, tilia, maple, pine, fir, spruce larch etc. Was three times at Vladivostok before getting away on little Japanese steamer to [illegible] touching at five Corean ports on the way


Leaving Vladivostok could hardly walk,- was poisoned with [illegible] in the Crimea, & again in Thanchuria but managed to keep eyes open & [illegible]nd erect most of time being hard to kill or hold down [although?] weighing only about 115 pounds. On the sea soon got well & weighed more than ever in the last ten years. At Shanghai left my companions Prof Sargent & his son Robinson, on the 10th of Sep. they returning home soon after visiting Pekin, while I bought a map of the world & set out alone on a genuine whole hearted enthusiastic trip - & now far I wandered &hard I worked & gazed & enjoyed & worshipped! From Shanghai I went to India by Hong Kong, Singapore & Rangoon to Calcutta - thence into the Himalaya by Darjeeling, - thence back to Calcutta & thence to Benares, L[illegible] Know, Ca[illegible]pore, Agra, Delhi, & into the Himalaya again by Simla, thence to Bombay Egypt & up the Nile etc. Was unable to reach the Cedars of Lebanon on


account of cholera. From Port Said went to Ceylon, & thence away down on the south end of the world to Australia & New Zealand - Thence by way of Port Darwin & Timor through the M[illegible] Archipelago to Manila - to Hong Kong again, Ca[illegible] Shanghai, Negasaki, Kobe, Yoko [illegible], Tokio, & home by Honolulu.
Had glorious time in India - the highest Himalaya peaks, glaciers, deodar forests, great Banian trees, temples, swarms of strange people, wild monkeys etc. Found Old Egypt interesting also.- its long green palmy valley between brown deserts, marvellous [towns?] temples & monuments of the lang syne of humanity opening telling views into history & making the dead live again. Had perfectly glorious reviving times in Australia & New Zealand. Their floras are so novel & exciting I had to begin my botanical studies over again, made big piles of specimens, working night & day, counting all labor as nothing. How long this letter & little in it definite. Good bye Ever yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1904 Jun 16


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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