June 16, 1904.
Dear old friend
I am delighted to hear from you & wish you could come & see us. A second letter from you has just arrived but the "great long one" you mention with a draft from Charlie Jay, sent about the time I left home has never arrived. Mrs Muir says no such letter came & as she examined all my mail & piled it into a box for safe keeping until my return, I have gone carefully through the whole talas of a pile & no such letter is among them
But dont give yourself any trouble about the confounded draft. It is only a piece of paper until signed, & since it is lost you can get another from the bank that sold it. Only the loss of the long letter is to be deplored.
I found a lot of letters from the President of the Wisconsin University requesting me to be present at the jubilee & make a speech. But I arrived home too late & I dont like speechmaking anyhow I got home on the 27th of May last having been away more than a year & a few days after reaching home had to go to the Grand Canon [diacritic] & petrified forest of Arizona. So I may say I have just arrived, & commenced getting accumulated correspondence of my hands.
After leaving the President I made haste to Boston where I joined my companion Prof. Sargent. Thence we went to London - Paris, the principal gardens & parks of Holland, Berlin, etc Thence to St [Petersberg?] & Moscow, thence to the Crimea, along the Black Sea to Batoum, thence to Tiflis, through the Caucasus by the Darial Pass, & back to Moscow. - across Siberia, through Manchuria etc studying the forests & rocks. From Vladivostok to Japan visiting Corea by the way, thence to Shanghai, Here I left my companions & set out alone on the principal part of my trip, going thence to Hong Kong, Singapore Rangoon & Calcutta, & up into the highest part of the Himalaya - Kinchinjunga Mt Everest etc, at Darjeeling, Thence back to Calcutta & on through the main cities - Benares, Lu[illegible], Cawnpore, Agra, Delhi & up the Himalaya again at Simla
among the Deodar forests etc. Thence to Bombay, & Egypt up the Nile among the old towns & temples Obelisks Pyramids could not get to the Cedars of Lebanon or to the Holy Land on account of cholera From Port Said went through the canal & Red Sea to Aden & Ceylon, thence to the South and of the world Australia and New Zealand; thence through the Malay. Archipelago to the Philippines to Manila- thence Back to Hong-Kong & home by Japan & Honolulu. What a glorious time Ive had! but telling it in a letter is out of the question
It is interesting to see that you are still inventing machinery. It brings back the old days at the Hollow. Soon like you I'll be 70 if all goes well, only 4 years are lacking but I dont feel old. Dave is older in appearance. Write soon or come to your faithfully John Muir
1904 Jun 16
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to W[illia]m Trout, 1904 Jun 16." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2795.
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