Mrs. Lydia Muir Johnson


John Muir


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[2]were so strong, that my love for the dear old Scotch name (which was my father's and eldest brother's, as well as my grandfather's) prompted me then to write and ask, "if you are in any way, related to, or connected with the Muirs of Ayr, Scotland? My grandfather John Muir, a Scotchman, came to America in 1785 or thereabout, and married in Philadelphia, a Miss Mary Lang, a scotch lass. and my father was their son. My grandfather was an Importer of Fine Woods, such as mahogany Rosewood etc., and he imported the wood and had from it, manufactured the coffin in which George Washington was buried in 1800.[3]At various times I have seen your name mentioned in the papers, and each time have felt almost irresistibly impelled to write and ask "if you are a member of the Ayr family of Muirs? and on last Sunday, our local paper, "The Washington Post," published an article concerning you and your pursuits, accompanying which was a woodcut, called a likeness, and although as a rule, these woodcuts are but caricatures, the likeness to my father, was too great, to be the result of accident, and so I now write, after all these promptings, and ask the question written above. My father was a man of rare mental abilities, self-educated, after his


Washington, D. C.

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