Louie [Strentzel Muir]
011964exhausted without being able to understand the answer. This morning when I went to see him & was talking [illegible] Scotch to him hoping to stire some of the old memories of Scotland before we came here he said I don't know much about it now & then added "Youre a Scotch man are not you" & when I would repeat that I was his son John that went to California long ago & came back to see him He would start & raise his hed a little & gaze fixedly at me & say O Yes my dear wanderer & then loose all memory again & the next moment when5he awakes he has to be told again who I am but David & Anna & all the rest of the family here he knows readily He is conscious that his last days are drawing nigh & seems to be resigned though eager for love & encouragement. It was only a few months ago that he said while yet in full possession of his facilities that he had made terrible mistakes in dealing with his children & in partic- =ular mentioned some of the cruel things he had said & done to his poor wandering son John & advised Joanna to be careful to rule her children only by love
Kansas City, Mo.
1885 Sep 26
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 12.5 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0459
The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html