James M. Hay
Liverpool, 28 Sep., 1893.
My dear Cousin Muir,
We duly received your kind and interesting letter from on board the good ship Campania, and have since noticed the paragraph of her safe arrival in Hew York, having made a fairly good passage - as to time, of 5 3/4 days, barring the fogs. Since then, no doubt unless detained by friends there, you have been speeding across the continent of North America to your beloveds at home, in San Francisco, where I hope you found all well and glad to welcome you back.
lour visit here, though short, was a very pleasant one to all of us, and leaves behind it pleasant memories. Now then, since after a lapse of 50 years we have got more fully in touch with each other we must let it go. Through the Lunams we have had an inkling now and then of your doings and often had a reading of your mother's kind and affectionate letters to them, but now that you are no myth, and having seen you in the flesh and face to face, we shall look for a closer friendship and shall be glad of a fuller acquaintance of all your doings and your whereabouts.
There are few who could be in greater sympathy with the business of your life or who would give a more attentive ear to its recital. I only wish there had been more time to have brought you in touch with some of our scientific men here, but cherish the hope that since you have found the way, and find it so easy, you may indulge us with a repetition of your visit and that before any of us are very much older.
Maggie went home to Dunbar last Friday where her mother would have arrived an hour or two before her, having left Chernside for good. My wife left yesterday for Arnside for a few days' quiet, perfect quiet, in the country - country of which she is so passionately fond. My eldest boy, John, just the Monday after you sailed, knocked us up, after the midnight hour, arriving then from his long walking ramble of five weeks in the finest condition of brown ruddy health. He resumes his work at University College next Monday. James is back to the School of Art. We all send our kindest love to you. My wee piggie sends her own special love to Helen and Wanda and wonders if Helen has learned to read as well as to write, the time you have been away!
The enclosed two letters came a few days ago, one after the other. 1 hope they do not happen to be of pressing importance, for I did not hasten to dispatch them, thinking that others might follow, and I would send them all together, but there two are all that came.
Our Rockferry friends Uncle Hardie and Aunt Polly and Aunt Sophia are all in their ordinary and would send their love too were tney at my elbow just now. Remember us all very kindly to your venerable old Mother, and remind her that altho we may never meet again on this earth, it is our joy to know that we shall all meet again in that House above of many mansions which our Father is preparing for us.
Ever your affec. cousin,
James Li. Hay
John Muir, Esq.,
Delta Chambers, Liverpool, [England]
1893 Sep 28
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Hay, James M., "Letter from James M. Hay to John Muir, 1893 Sep 28." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1004.
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