Creator

John Muir

Creator

John Muir

Recipient

Louie [Strentzel Muir]

Transcription

To Mrs. Muir

Eus ton Hotel,

London, Sep. 1, 1893.

Dear Louie:

Yesterday afternoon I went to the home of Sir Joseph Hooker at Sunningdale with him and his family;[and was his guest in grand style and had a glorious time every way At 5:30 this afternoon I returned to London, arriving here about eight o'clock and] now I am done with London and shall take the morning express to Edinburgh tomorrow, go thence to the Highlands to see the heather in full bloom, visit some friends, I go back to Dunbar for a day, [get some clothes made at Edinburgh, etc. Chen go to Liverpool two or three days before the sailing of the Campania to visit my cousins the Hays and then off for home.]
I have been at so many places and have seen so much that is new,the time seems immensely long since I left you. Sir Joseph and his lady were very cordial. They have a charming country residence, far wilder and more retired than ours, though within (25)miles of London. We had a long delightful talk last evening on science and scientific men, and this forenoon and afternoon long walks and talks through the grounds and over the adjacent hills. Altogether this has been far the most interesting day I have had since leaving home. I never knew before that Sir Joseph had accompanied Rosse in his famous Antarctic expedition as naturalist. He showed me a large number of sketches he made of the great ice- cap, etc., amd gave me many facts concerning that little known end of the world entirely new to me. Long talks, too, about Huxley, Tyndall, Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Asa Gray, etc. My, what a time we had! I never before knew either that he had received the Copley Medal, the highest scientific honor in the world.
I hope to hear from you again before sailing, as I shall order my mail forwarded from London the last thing. I feel that my trip is now all but done, though I have a good many people to see and small things to do, ere I leave. The hills in full heather bloom, however, is not a small thing.

Much love,

JOHN MUIR

[Bell Heather, from Hooker's home. I wrote to Helen and Wanda a day or two ago.]

Location

London, [England]

Date Original

1893 Sep 1

Source

Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir07_1315-trans.tif

File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1315

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

1 page

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