William Trout


John Muir


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[Page 1] Dear Friend John A couple of years have passed away since I have heard from you it is my own fault too as you wrote last. This letter is for the sake of the reply. I want to hear from you and to brighten up the smouldering embers of old confidence and friendship. It is almost accidental that I am now writing. I am away from home superintending the pulling some machinery in one of our large and well appointed sawmills and I am overtaken by Sunday and of course have time on my hands. And the thought occurred to me that now is the time to fulfill my oft postponed intention so I am writing with nothing particular to write about. My life is not like yours one great sojourn through Nature’s large domain each day’s experience different from the last. Mine is the old style running almost wholly in one grove. My present experience is a slight jog occasionally. I have others of a tolerably agreeable kind such as being judge at our provincial and other fairs since 1876 but at our ship I seem settled in one rut and don’t seem likely to get out of it there at least. I feel very rebellious sometimes but I always get over it when I look around for means of improvement. I am so much better off than a good may other good fellows are that it makes me partially content. We have been doing some fine work lately in our shop the best is a 200 H.P. Corlip condensing engine now running in Toronto. It will compare favorably with anything done in America yes or anywhere else not excepting the Clyde in Auld Scotland. By the way Edward made quite a stay in Scotland with some travel in the Highlands last year when on a visit to the Paris Exposition he was accompanied by his wife the doctor who as well as ourselves have relatives there one of my cousins is Gaelic professor in one of the old colleges of Edinburgh. The Gaelic side of Auld Scotia is everything with him


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Date Original

[ca. 1880]


Original letter dimensions:28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

c1880 WT to JM

File Identifier

MSS 2 M953t Trout

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c1880 WT to JM p 1


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