men & women, the greatest good of the summer to me is the acquaintance I made of my cousins at Dunbar Dumfries & Birkenhead. You have become part of my life now & I feel rich & am proud of you all. I was about two weeks at New York seeing literary folk & giving some directions about two articles on Alaska that the Century Co are about to publish. Then I went to the capital, Washington to see if I could do anything for our forests by confining with the government officials. Thence I went to Chicago - saw friends there & more of the [big?] show. Then made a special trip to Portage to see mother & my three sistersAnna, Joanna, & Sarah, & you may guess how long & eager our talks concerning Kith & Kin & Scotland were. I found them all well. Mothers memory on everything scotch is as keen as ever, & she asked me many questions that I could not answer satisfactorily about the younger relatives. I gave her one of the photographs of yourself which interested her much of course & she seemed to remember you all. I wish you could all come out here in grand triumphal company. Mr James & Hardy, Mrs James & Hardy, Mrs John Mrs Jeffrey the unconscionable [illegible] Miss Robinson Wee Paggie the boys Mrs & Maggie Lunam Susan Gilroy & Jane Mather Then surely our Contra Costa hills would break forth into singing
1893 Nov 18
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
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