W. J. Shields
beautiful over there, and a very short distance to walk to get into it. I think it was a great pity you did not visit Tasmania as I am sure you would have got some new specimens; but I hope the last trip was not the final, and that you will soon take it into your head again to visit Australia; and then I will be better prepared to go with you as I will know the geography of Australia better; and then we will break all records for cheap travelling. That trip of ours up to Queensland is still a bitter pill for Liddell [&?] [illegible]hail to swallow; only the other day they were saying there must have been some fluke about it. I said
St. Kilda, Aug. 1904
Dear Mr Muir
I received your kind and welcome letter and was glad to see by it that you had arrived home safe after your all around the world tour I also received your book and has read a portion of it, and finds it very interesting which I thank you very much for it, it was very thoughtful of you to go to all the trouble in sending it. but I will read it, and keep it in remembrance of you, not that it is necessary as I will never forget you. Liddell and myself went over to Tasmania a few weeks ago and it just struck me how you would have enjoyed it as the bush is just
the financial part of the business was in the wrong hands from the beginning, if it had been in your hands and mine we would have curtailed the expenses by 50%, they said they would leave it to me the next time so I am afraid I have put myself in a loop. We have made arrangement to go up to Jenolan Caves at Christmas with Mr Herbet that came out on the Barbarossa with us. we were thinking of going to Blackspur but as Mr Herbet had not seen the caves we decided to go there. Blackspur will be probably our next trip and I am anxiously looking forward to it; as from what you told me about it. I presume it is very beautiful. The Barbarossa returns here on the 5th Nov. so I will
probably see the Doctor if he is still on her. I am still studying very hard and hopes to pass the M[illegible]trich and enter the University for an engineering course.
Mr. Liddell, & [illegible]hail, wishes to be remember to you.
I must conclude as I think I have told you all the news since my previous letter
W. J. Shields
PS You are undoubtely a very prominent man over there. "California" as I see by that paper you sent me. but no more than I wish you. I am sorry I cannot give Mr. H[illegible] address as he never told me nor Liddell
St. Kilda [Australia]
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Shields, W. J., "Letter from W. J. Shields to John Muir, 1904 Aug." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2863.
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