M. Seeley Husted
S. S. Hankow
Canton to Hong Kong
Sept 29th 1905
Prof. John Muir,
If you remember when you took the trip to Canton I was your fellow passenger for the trip up, and during our conversation you asked me to get you some specimens of the fruit of the large shade trees in Canton also some specimens of the scrubb fur or pine with which all the hills are covered. This I did and sent them away by mail to the address you gave me; but never having received any reply to the letter which accompanied them I judged they had been lost in transit. I then made up my mind to write again, but found I had lost the address so I put it off.
Shortly after this I was sent to a small place well into the interior of Kwang-Si and as mail has to go so far by courier
I have not carried out my resolution.
Today, while on my way to Hong Kong, to have a bullet extracted from my leg, where it was lodged by a party of chinese pirates, I picked up a magazine to while away the time; and the first thing I saw was a photograph of Yourself and the President. And I thought with shame of my neglect in not writing; so I have started at once to do so.
I would have liked ever so much to have had you make the trip I made into Kwang-Si, and be with you to have you explain the formation of the hills, and the different forms of vegetation in the way you were good enough to do, when, by lucky chance I was your fellow passenger.
If you ever received the things mentioned kindly let me know, if not; and you will write what you want I will send another lot. Remember I am ignorant of these things, but you can surely explain so that I will get the right things.
If you can spare the time to write a few lines I should be more than pleased to read them, Let me know something of
the places you have visited since you were out here.
Any thing that I can possibly do for you out here, command me.
Trusting you are enjoying the best of health and hoping to have a line from you in the near futre.
Your most humble servant
M. Seeley Husted
I. M. Customs
As I have lost your address I am going to try Sanford University.
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 41 cm.
Husted, M Seeley, "Letter from M. Seeley Husted to John Muir, 1905 Sep 29." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3426.
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