Julius A. Penn
management of the Club [illegible]d its many employees. I did not desire either position - as they tie me down too close to Manila and I was anxious to get on wherever an opportunity should come and see more of the islands. I have the promise of a little trip next Sunday to an interesting mountain town near the south end of the Laguna de Bay - In December or January I hope, if the [regiment?] be still here in Manila, to take a few weeks trip to the mountains in the north of Luzon, armed with a camera and yes a few good pictures of some of the interesting scenes along some of the trails of our former Campaigns. Early in the coming year, a general
Cuartel [diacritic] de Espana [diacritic], Manila
September 21, 1904.
My Dear Friend.
I wish to thank you for your book on the "Mountains of California" which you so kindly sent me. It has been a source of great pleasure to me and I have had more genuine enjoyment from reading your many beautiful descriptions of mountain - forest, place and animal life, then any book has given me for a long time. In fact I think that more than
once I have found myself feeling genuinely homesick for the mountains and pines. Your chapter on the water ousel was of particular interest to me. I have watched the little fellow as I fished for trout in the White Mountains in New Mexico - on the noisiest of little mountain streams in 1887 - and I well recall the delight in finding him again ten years later on the streams of the Yellowstone region in Wyoming and Montana. - and again in the Yosemite. To think of [the?] ousel as all is sure to make any one of his acquaintances - think of the wildest of the mountain country - and all its
invigorating, health giving air - and the long remembered fragrance of the pines and the firs-
When you were here in the spring I was located at San[illegible]a Mesa Barracks about three miles from the center of [illegible] - In June we moved to Cuartel de Espana [diacritic] which is within the walled city and only about a block and a half from the Army & Navy Club which you will remember - In July in addition to my regular duties I was elected to be Sec'y & Treas of the Army & Navy Club - and also to be Sec'y & Treas. of the Military Order of the Carabao. These positions have brought me many responsibilities - as in the former position I p[illegible]ally have the immediate
P.S. A few evenings ago I was talking to Gen. & Mrs Randall about your visit here last spring and both gave me quite a scolding for not having told them as the time - for until I told them they did not know you had been here and they would have liked to have renewed their pleasant acquaintance with you
Captain Penn Manila
movement of regiments homeward will begin, and while others come on [illegible]place them - yet there may be a few changes anyway the regiments who have yet a year [illegible] in the Philippines - Any changes of this kind would probably give my regiments a time in the southern Islands until their time comes to return to the U.S. in Oct or Nov of 1905. Our friend Capt. Ahem left on a business trip to the U.S. in August and you have probably received a call from him in the past few days - I was fortunate last month in seeing one of those beautiful 5 foot round top narra tables made by the forestry bureau and
I feel that in the table I have a souvenir well worth having, to take back to my people next year.
This, the [rainy?] season has been rather free from violent storms but we have had an abundance of rainfall - Early in July we had a record breaking rainfall of 17".19 in 27 hours. Most of the city experienced a flood [illegible] to a deluge-
A few days ago I visited a section of the old wall, near our quarters - and in rambling [illegible]d in the thickets with which it is over grown I found [heavy?] [illegible] [bits?] of construction - that was of great interest
and I felt then we made a mistake in letting you sail so soon. There is really a great deal to be seen here that is grand and [illegible] - The section of the wall I examined was built in 1733 - almost an ancient work.
I have no doubt you have spent a busy summer with your notes and would not be entirely happy without a few trips to the High Sierras. Wishing you and yours many blessings - and again thanking you for your kind remembrance.
I am Sincerely
Julius A. Penn
To Mr John Muir
Cuartel de Espana, Manila
1904 Sep 21
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