John Muir


John Muir


W[illia]m Trout


Martinez, May 10, 1912Dear William Trout,In trying to clear away the huge talus of letters a year high accumulated while I was in South America & Africa I find your long interesting letter of March 15th full of good news. I'm always glad to hear from you. Friends get closer & dearer the farther they travel on life's journey. It's fine to see how youthful your heart remains & wide & farreaching your sympathy with everybody & everything. Such people never grow old. I only regret your being held so long in mechanical bread winning harness instead of making enough by middle age & spending the better half of life in studying God's works as I wanted you to do long ago. The marvel is that in the din & rattle of mills you have done so wondrous well. By all means keep on your travels since you

know so well how to reap their benefits. I shall hope to see you when next you come west. And dont wait until the Canal years. Delays are more & more dangerous as sundown draws nigh.I've just returned from a long fruitful trip. First up the Amazon a thousand miles & return to Para. Thence to Rio de Janeiro, thence to Santos & inland four or five hundred miles in the State of Parana Thence back to the coast at Paranagua, thence to Buenos Aires stopping at many interesting parts by the way. Thence across the Andes to Santiago, thence south 500 miles & up through grand forests to the snow where I found Araucaria imbricata a wonderful tree forming the strangest woods imaginable. Thence back across the Andes & Argentina to Montevideo, thence to Tenereffe, thence to Cape Town Africa, thence 1300 miles Northward to Victoria Falls, where I found Adansonia digitata, another wonderful tree. Thence to the East Coast at Beira. Thence to Mozembique, Zanzibar, etc to Mombasa. Thence to Victoria Nyanza Entebbe, Jinji to the head of the Nile, thence back to Mombasa around the north of the continent to Aden & home by [in margin: the Red Sea & Naples & New York Thus crossing the equator six times on journey about 40,000 miles long Hope to tell you about it some day. In the meantime I am ever faithfully your friendJohn Muir]


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1912 May 10


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Reel 20, Image 0987

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