M[argaret] Hay Lunam
Westfield, Dunbar,February 3, 1906.My dear Cousin John:We were very sorry to hear from your last letter that your dear Helen was still an invalid, though feeling some better and very bright and enjoying the fine climate of Arizona along with Wanda, and yourself to look after them. So the old home at Martinez is shut up. In the meantime always changes going on in one's life. I am sure Mrs. Reid will miss you being away from Martinez. I hope she is getting some stronger, with your summer, though we are having a very wet, changeable, winter.Do you think you will be visiting Dunbar this year? You will surely be coming soon to see me and old Dunbar. I am now 82 past, and I am very well this winter. Always keep the fireside warm, but my Maggie seems to be a confirmed invalid with asthma, but she keeps very bright and cheerful, able to go about the house, but not able to walk into Dunbar. But we hope when sunny days come she will feel stronger.Our minister, Mr. Borland, would like very much to see you, as he has a brother-in-law, Dr. Davidson in California who must have mentioned your name to him. I gave him your books to read. He is delighted with them, The Mountains of California and the Forests of the Yosemite Valley (?).I always like to hear about all your sisters and brothers. It returns my youthful days to my remembrance. Mr. Hay often asks for you, also Susan Gilroy and Jane Mather. Remember me to Sarah (Mrs. Galloway) when you write to her. Tell her I would write her, but my eyesight is very bad this winter. Some days when they are dull and foggy I cannot see to write. Maggie joins me in love to you, and would like Very much to see you once more, and get a walk round the harbour and all about the town.With much love to yourself and dear girls, I am, Ever your affectionate cousin, M. Hay Lunam03689
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