& even our bright sunshine became brighter. Well I suppose we may safely & sadly guess as the Yankees say that this is not to be Nature takes care to scatter people over the earth as winged seeds are scattered but I shall always be glad that I saw so many of you together those two memorable days at Birkenhead and then I shall also hope to see some of the boys here. I'm pegging away at the ranch work & at my books but make slow headway. Have published nothing since I returned though I submitted to an interview by a newspaper man the results of which i sent copies of to Mrs. Lunam It didn't amount to much. Tell Peggie that Wanda & Helen are studying hard. They have a teacher all to themselves & Helen can read now as well as write. Here are their pictures for her. Good bye. Heaven bless you all. Ever your loving cousin John Muir
My Dear Cousin Hay
I received yours of Sep 28. & the forwarded letters when I reached home Oct. 16th & should have written you then & would have done so had I not been bewitched with work & pleasure in meeting my family & friends after so long a ramble. Braid seas are roarin between us again, but after seeing you all face to face & sharing your home life distance is made of non effect as far as love & respect are concerned. And I am sure that much as I enjoyed Gods works in the icy rocky regions of Norway & Switzerland & the communion of literary & scientific
men & women, the greatest good of the summer to me is the acquaintance I made of my cousins at Dunbar Dumfries & Birkenhead. You have become part of my life now & I feel rich & am proud of you all. I was about two weeks at New York seeing literary folk & giving some directions about two articles on Alaska that the Century Co are about to publish. Then I went to the capital, Washington to see if I could do anything for our forests by confining with the government officials. Thence I went to Chicago - saw friends there & more of the [big?] show. Then made a special trip to Portage to see mother & my three sisters
Anna, Joanna, & Sarah, & you may guess how long & eager our talks concerning Kith & Kin & Scotland were. I found them all well. Mothers memory on everything scotch is as keen as ever, & she asked me many questions that I could not answer satisfactorily about the younger relatives. I gave her one of the photographs of yourself which interested her much of course & she seemed to remember you all. I wish you could all come out here in grand triumphal company. Mr James & Hardy, Mrs James & Hardy, Mrs John Mrs Jeffrey the unconscionable [illegible] Miss Robinson Wee Paggie the boys Mrs & Maggie Lunam Susan Gilroy & Jane Mather Then surely our Contra Costa hills would break forth into singing
1893 Nov 18
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [James] Hay, 1893 Nov 18." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1015.
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