John Muir


John Muir


[Osborn family]


To mr. and mrs. Henry Fairfield Osborn Near Zanzibar Jan. 31, 1912Dear FriendsWhat a lot of wild water has been roaring between us since those blessed Castle Rock days. But roll and roar as it might yon have never been out of heart sight.How often I've wished you with me on the best of my wanderings so full of good things guided by wonderful luck, or shall I reverently thankfully say Providence. Anyhow it seems that I've had the most fruitful time of my life on this pair of hot continents. But I must not try to write my gains, for they are utterly unletterable both in size and kind. I'll tell what I can when I see you, probably in three months or less. From Cape Town I went north to the Zambese Baobab forests and Victoria Falls and thence down through a glacial wonderland to Beira, where I caught this steamer and am on my way to Mombasa and the Nyanza lake region. From Mombasa I intend starting homeward via Suez and Naples and New York fondly hoping to find you well. In the meantime I'm sending lots of wireless tireless love messages to each and every Osborn, for I am ever faithfully yoursJohn Muir05148


[Zanzibar, E. Africa]

Date Original

1912 Jan 31


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0797

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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