M. S. Husted
12. July. 1906
Dear Mr. Muir:-
I guess it is decreed that I am never to send you the things you wanted from South China. Shortly before I received your letter I was transfered from Canton to Haukow and will in all probability stay here until my leave is due in about 18 months time.
This place is as you know about 600 miles from Shanghai on the Yangtsz River and in my opinion one of the prettiest places in China, at least, as far as I have seen. The climate here is much like the state of Penn., very warm summers and cold winters: I arrived here on the 19 of January and found 10 inches of snow on the ground, the first I had seen for over 10 years. The climate certainly is far better than that of South China, and it seems to have put new life into me. I was such a wreck from fever when in the south. As you
probably know this is the great tea shipping port of China and I am taking the liberty of sending you a box of the best obtainable. If I remember rightly you are parcial to a good cup of tea and I hope this will "tickle your palate" as the saying goes.
It is first season and all selected stock. As you know I am an appriser ain the chinese customs and in such a position where we examine and pass many tons of tea each working day I have a chance to get as much as I like to have, and of any quality.
Kindly accept the tea with my compliments and best wishes for yourself and family.
I am honoured to sign myself
M. S. Husted
I. M. Customs
1906 Jul 12
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