John Muir


John Muir


C[harles] S[prague] Sargent



[June '04]

Prof. C. S. Sargent

Jamaica Plain, Mass

Dear Prof Sargent & Robinson

I'm home safe & sound, Russian tea, poison sauce, & long hard wanderings to the contrary notwithstanding; & find all well & prosperous. I hope your home going was as happy, & that you found all the family well. Write me a long letter. In particular I want to hear about Alice hoping she has fully recovered. And send me a sketch of your trip after our parting at Shanghai. I left the Bayern at Singapore & went to Calcutta by way of Rangoon-, thence into the Himalaya by Darjeeling-



back to Calcutta & thence to Benares, Lucknow, [Cawnpore?], 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 to Australia & New Zealand, - thence by way of Port Darwin & Timor to Manila - to Hong Kong, Canton, Japan, & home by Honolulu. Had glorious time in India - the highest Himalaya peaks & glaciers, Deodar forests, great Banyans, temples & swarms of strange people monkeys etc-


Found Old Egypt interesting also,- its long green palmy valley between brown deserts, marvelous 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, there the flora is so novel & exciting I had to begin my botanical studies over again got a press & made big piles of specimens working night & day at them counting all labor light. The Philippine



flora too is magnificent though I saw comparatively little of it. I visited many interesting botanical gardens that you would have enjoyed especially those of Singapore, Calcutta, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney Rockhampton Port Darwin & Christ church.
The last trace of that miserable Manchurian rheumatism left me ere I reached Ceylon - never was sick a since hour after leaving Shanghai,- am now perfectly well & weigh ten pounds more than at any time during the the last eight or ten yrs





Hoping to hear from you soon
I am faithfully yours

J. M.

I am deep in debt to you & Robeson for nursing me through that miserable gastritis.
I was surprised to receive a check from you as I did not think you owed me anything
I arrived last Friday on the Siberia.-


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1904 Jun]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 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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