Louie [Strentzel Muir]
8[letterhead]near Emersons At six o’clock we got back from Walden to Young Emersons fatherinlaws place in Concord & dined with the family & Emerson. Emersons son is very like his father rather tall, slender & with his fathers sweet perennial smile. Nothing could be more cordial & loving than this reception of me. When we called at the house one of the interesting old colonial ones, he was not in - & we were received by his fatherinlaw a college mate of Thoreau who knew Thoreau all his life – The old man was sitting on the porch when we called, Johnson introduced himself & asked if this was Judge [Kyhe?] etc The old gentleman kept his seat & seemed I thought a little cold & careless in his manner. But when Johnson said “This is Mr Muir” he jumped up & said excitedly “John Muir! is this016789John Muir” and seized me as if I were a long lost son. He declared he had known me always & that my name was a household now. Then he took us into the house, gave us refreshments – cider etc introduced us to his wife – a charming old fashioned lady who also took me for a son Then we were guided about the town & shown all the famous homes & places. But I must hurry on or I will be making a book of it. We went back to Boston that night on a late train though they wanted to keep us - & next day went to Prof Sargents grand place, Where we had a perfectly wonderful time several days. This is the finest mansion & grounds I ever saw. The house is about 200 feet long with immense verandas trimmed with huge flowers & vines, standing in the midst of fifty acres of lawns groves, wild woods of pine hemlock
1893 Jun 12/13
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1062