Helen [Muir Funk]
God bless you. Ever Your devoted fatherJohn MuirPara, Brazil, Sep 18, 1911Darling Helen,I fondly hope you & Buel & the precious son are well safely through the summer in the pine woods of the mountains.I'm well & have enjoyed a glorious trip of more than a thousand miles up the great river enriched with the spoils of the greatest of all the world's forests. Had far more telling views of the trees than I ever hoped for. The river is everywhere immensely wide. yet for hundreds of miles the steamer ran so close to banks I could almost touch the outreaching branches. I was a week at Manaus on the Rio Negro, wandered in the wonderful woods, got acquainted with the best citizens & had a good telling time every way
They even gave me a champagne dinner & many others hardly less notable. trying to lionize me almost like my own country friends though at first I felt dreadfully lonesome, couldn't speak a word of Portuguese.Here too I'm faring wonderfully wellin the home of a Scotch banker.I got back to Para on the 15th & am waiting for a steamer to Rio. May have to wait a week learning what I can of the adjacent country in the meantime. From Rio I plan to go to Buenos Aires, thence up some of the rivers & across the Andes to Valparaiso etcBe very careful of your health darling I'll be home in the spring
1911 Sep 18
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen [Muir Funk], 1911 Sep 18." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6171.
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