Louie [Strentzel Muir]
the voyage ended- Through the Century people I found [Seton Karr?] who, as you well remember tried to climb St Elias with Sch[illegible]a. He was on his way home from Africa where he has been hunting lions. The Century will have one of his hunts. Also the Paris artist & sculptor who designed the grand fountain in the Chicago fair grounds. The weather even on the ocean has been sultry most of the way. Here it is pleasant but rather warm in the sun.
July 2, 1893
Dear Louie. I arrived here this forenoon. The Etruria dropped anchor in the river late last night - too late to go ashore. I see no chance of finding Keith without wasting too much time, & I think I had better go my own way & see as much & learn as much as I can instead of chasing him all summer from place
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I am sorry I have to send so dull a letter so far. But [illegible] leaving New York there is nothing but this sea voyage to write about, & life on even these great ship-hotels is very dull & po[illegible]ous. The sea itself is a grand subject but too big for a letter This then is only to say that I am here & well & that I
to place though I shall feel desperately lonesome at times. I am going to take the train tomorrow morning for Edinburgh, stay there a day or two & then go to my old home & birth place Dunbar. How long I shall be there I dont know, & where I shall go from there, whether to the Highlands or to Norway & Switzerland I shall be guided by what I learn of the weather etc. The trip across the Atlantic though short was rather trying The machinery moved
by [1?]30,000 horsepower made a great deal of jerky motion in the bed & I did not sleep well. The air also was bad since the port holes had to be kept closed on account of rough weather & the tremendous speed & force with which the ship was driven through the waves I reached the hotel at 10 A.M. washed my feet & went to bed. had a few hours sleep. a good lunch & now feel much better. I made a few pleasant acquaintances on the ship but was just beginning to be known when
fondly hope you are all well & free from care on my account. Martinez seems very far now that the breadth of the sea is added to that of the continent. Soon thank heaven I'll be making it less I saw traces of general glaciation on the coast of Ireland & England which greatly interested me as I sailed past Tell sweet Wanda & Helen Ill write to them soon when my dull wits are cleared & I see some [fine?] things to say.
With love to all Ever Yours John Muir
1893 Jul 2
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1893 Jul 2." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 951.
Reel 07, Image 1178
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