Louie [Strentzel Muir]
01699[illegible], to Queen Marys palace museum & I dont know how many other places. In the evening I dined with him, & had a glorious time He showed me his literary treasures & curiosities, told endless [illegible] of John Brown Walter [Scot?[ & Hugh Millar etc, while I of course told my icy tales until very late or early. The most wonderful night as far as humanity is concerned I ever had in the world. Yesterday forenoon he took me out for another walk & filled me with more wonders. His kindness & warmth of heart once his confidence is gained is boundless. From feeling lonely & a stranger in my own native land he brought me back into quick & living contact with it & now I am a Scotchman & at home again In the afternoon I took the train for Dunbar & in an hour was in my own old town. There was no carriage from the Lorne Hotel that used to be our home so I took the one from the St George that I remember well as Cossars Inn that I passed every day on my way to school. But Im going to the Lorne, if for nothing else to take a look at that dormer window I climbed in my night gown to see what kind of an adventure it really was. I sauntered down the street & went into a store on which I saw the sign Melville & soon found that the proprietor was an old playmate of mine & he was of course delighted to see me. He had been reading my articles & said he had taken great pride in tracing my progress through the far off wildernesses etc Then I went to William Comb mothers old friend, who was greatly surprised no doubt to see that I had changed in forty years. "And this is Johnie Muir! Bless me when I saw ye last ye were [nothing?] but a small mischievous lad. He is very deaf unfortunately, & was very busy I am to see him again today. Next I went in search of Mrs [Lunim?] my cousin & found her & her daughter in a very pretty home half a mile from
1893 Jul 6
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1184
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