WestfieldDunbar. 24th Aug. 1910Dear Mr. Muir, Mr. Hay and I are visiting our dear cousins Mrs Lunam and Maggie - spending a fortnight with them. Last Sunday we were at the Parish church and Mr. [Borland?] - introduced his subject- ("The day-spring from on nigh hath visited us") by saying that he was going to read a paragraph from one of John Muirs Books Nature Studies"- "A man of whom Dunbar was justly proud". He told us that books of that nature were not as much read as they ought to be, to our loss. The quotation was from the chapter on "The Water Ouzel" in "The Mountains of California". The lesson he wanted to enforce was contained in these lines "However dark and boisterous the weather - snowing blowing, or cloudy, all the same he sings, and with never a note of sadness".And I feel when we can reach the dear little water ouzel's condition of feeling, we have attained the mastery over circumstance -, and are "free". free to live the life of the Spirit.Mr. Hay was greatly interested that on the [same?] occasion of worshipping in Dunbar Church he should hear of you and [yr.?]- work from the pulpit04861
1910 Aug 24
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