Mary [Muir Hand]
through Scotland, the [illegible] Highlands etc. Spent two weeks at Dunbar & got well acquainted my cousins the Lunams & Jane Mather Also found a second cousin at Dumfries,- Susan Gilroy & at Birkenhead England I found the Hay families our second cousins. All of them good honorable people & I am proud of them. Saw England too & a little of Ireland - gained some useful telling facts in the way of my studies in Norway & Switzerland, & altogether had a grand time, But my wasn't I tired & glad to get home Heaven bless you Mary & all of you Hearty good wishes for the Christmas & New Year. Ever lovingly John Muir
Dec. 19, 1893
My dear Sister Mary,
I was sorely disappointed not seeing you & Willis on my way home. I fully intended to make a short stay both with you & Dan in Lincoln & when about ready to start from Chicago, I gave the friend I was stopping with money to buy my ticket via the U.P. but he reported that it was impossible to get a berth on that line on account of the fair crowds & so I had to go by the Santa [Fee?] - So you must just come & see me this winter & the show here & escape some of the winter weather of "fair Nebraska
Four of Daves friends arrived in our little valley a week ago & seem greatly delighted with the exchange of the snow & the blue toes blue nose frosts of fair Portage, for the balmy sunshine of California December & its fresh grass & flowers & lark song- I heard you had a severe attack of illness. its a tough world when so i[illegible]ent a body as you should suffer so Thank Heaven you are safely well again. Those boys must be men nearly unless stunted by those savage Kearney winds, & your lassie too she must be growing unless kept down by the wind
Tell Willis he had better come away to a better country I'm not joking, I really think he had better "come out of that" I had a good time in Europe & New York, but it seemed very hard work to travel in a civilized tourist way & I got very tired of it. In New York I saw most of the makers of our current literature & scientists. was taken to the clubs. & had enough & more of champagne dinners etc Went up the Hudson - to Boston - Cambridge Concord where I dined with Ralph Waldo Emersons sons- then went to Thoreau's Walden Pond etc. Went pretty thouroghly
1893 Dec 19
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Mary [Muir Hand], 1893 Dec 19." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1019.
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