Eldred J. D. Hercus
Mision [diacritic] Evangelica [diacritic]
Dear Mr Muir,
Your kind note of inquiry of Nov. 3rd has been forwarded on to me here. It is now some 4 1/2 months since I bade farewell to England.
Strangely enough I had been wondering about you just a day or two prior to receiving the letter, recalling our interesting talk in the Red Sea, and speculating as to the issue of your travels and the few suggestions I was able to give you. I am truly pleased to learn that the information was useful, and that you had so long a time in my beautiful country. The further I have traveled the more I turn back to New Zealand as the scenic country of the world - a compendium of Europe from Iceland to Italy.
But you have much vaster experience and means of judging, so that I should be particularly pleased to see your impressions if you happen to have put them in print at all. The book of which you kindly speak I will value.
My wife and I are busy learning Spanish, and I have already taught school and preached at various times. Sociologically this country is most interesting, and to the west, north and south I should expect the face of nature to be more so than the flat windswept tussocky plains around this town. For myself I have to confess my chief contact with the animal world consists in application of
insect powder and mouse traps, with slippers for the [illegible]brusive beetle. I have gone to the ant "with some amazement at his numbers and activity, which quite menace forming operations in places.
It is perhaps too late to wish you the compliments of the season in which I write, but at any rate I beg to assure you of my good wishes and kind regards.
Yours very sincerely
Eldred J. D. Hercus
Tres Arroyos, Argentina
1904 Dec 24
Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.
Hercus, Elfred J. D., "Letter from Eldred J. D. Hercus to John Muir, 1904 Dec 24." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2923.
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