[Rough draft of letter]
[Martinez, Cal., June, 1904]
Dear Sir Joseph [Hooker];
When I got home from my long journey abroad none of the letters awaiting me gave greater pleasure than Mr. Nickolson's, which assured me that you were again in your usual good health. When Prof. Sargent and I were setting out on our journey we looked forward to a visit to you as one of our greatest pleasures, and you must know our regret on leaving London without seeing you. We had an interesting trip, though far too short through S[outhern] Russia, the Crimea, along the Black Sea to Batoum, to Tiflis and across the Caucasus by the Dariel and north to Moscow. Thence across the Urals and through vast fertile Siberia and beautiful Manchuria. We saw a good deal of Manchuria about Lake Baikal, Harbin, the Kingdon Mountains, the Amoor and Vladivostok. I wanted to see more of the densely forested Ural Mountains than could be seen from the railroad. Prof. Sargent would not stop even for a day. Leaving Siberia at Vladivostok we sailed to Shanghai, where we separated, Prof. S. going for a few days to Pekin and thence to the botanical gardens at Java and home, while I, free once more, went on alone to India, where I made short trips in the Himalaya at Darjeeling and Simla. Thence to Egypt, Ceylon, Australia, New Z[ealand] and the Philippines, and home by China, Japan and Honolulu. All the time I was in India you were constantly in my mind, and I often thought of the pleasure you must have experienced in the magnificent N[ew] Z[ealand] forests as an enthusiastic young naturalist with Ross. Your long busy life, Sir Joseph, has been truly noble, and I am with sincere respect and admiration,
. Faithfully yours,
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Joseph [Hooker], [1904 Jun]." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2810.
Reel 14, Image 0292
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