Robt. Paterson


John Muir


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30 Kelly Street Greenock, Scotland, 13th Nov [r?] 1882.Mr [deleted Robert] John Muir,Sir,I hope you will pardon the presumption of addressing you, whom I do not know, except through your writings. – I can fancy you deluged with enquiries of this sort, and so, if you do not find time to reply, I will make for you, that excuse. I have been casting about for some time, for some means of entering upon a rustic life, as I find confinement does not suit my health, and besides I have a little of that lore fornature, for which you are so distinguished. – Your very pleasant articles on “Bee Culture.” in the “Century” Magazine led my thoughts in that direction, and I now venture to ask you for some information on the following points which from your knowledge of the district I think you can easily give. – 1st How many hives & swarms would it be necessary to star with? Could these be easily procured and at what cost? What is the average return per hive per ann[illegible]? – or, without going into details, if you could give me an idea of the capital required to enable one to secure a livelihood out of the business, it would do quite as well. -


…Greenock, Scotland

Date Original

1882 Nov 13


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 22.5 cm.

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