& it is a blessed trait in sound healthy human nature that the sere yellow leaf time of age comes on the friends we have made in our long wandering ways pilgrimage as well through the world as our beloved blood relations [drape?] nearer & nearer & become dearer & dearer to all of us. for "the e'enin brings a [name?]" and we cling to them all the more fondly as one by one they approach the better landOf all my old Scotch relatives I best remember cousin Maggie Hay Lunam.Grandfather & Grandmother Gilrye & who were always so kind to us Muir childrenwhom I used to meet on the winding stone stairway of the Gilrye house when I was going to recite my lessons to grandfather & the struggle I [often?] had on getting past
Original letter dimensions: 13.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 22, Image 0851
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