than thirty years an unmarried lady of a great many good qualities. Sixth Harriet Trout a very happy & sportive fish who employs herself in giggling & making giggle for hours at a time is about twenty years of age, 5 1/2 feet long & will perhaps some- time join affinity to the Jay who whistles and coos and gesticulates so funnily to her We all live happily to- gether. Occasionally an extra Trout comes up- stream or a brother jay slights at our door but they are not of our family
I must now bid goodbye. Write soon Yours, John
 Meaford Oct 23
Dear Sis Mary
I am well & hope that this er letter will find you ditto as much as possible Dany & I have a pleasant home and do not work hard or long hours so of course we are growing fatter and fatter and perhaps we will soon be as big as Gog & Magog.
CALIFORNIA ASSOCITATED SOCIETIES\ FOR THE CONSERVATION OF WILD LIFE W. P. TAYLOR, SECRETARY BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Letter from Meaford, Canada Oct 23 
Our family here consists of first of all Me a most good man and big boy Second Daniel who is also mostly big and three or four trifles funny Third Mr William Trout an unmarried boy of thirty summers who according to a multiplicity of common prognostications is going to elect a lady mistress of Trouts
Hollow some day (Fourth) Charles Jay a bird of twenty five who is said to coo to a Trout He is created like a blue jay with bristly hair and good natured and vocieferous as any parrot This jay & last mentioned Trout are in partner- ship and are the rulers of the two scotch heather Muirs Fifth Mary Trout of perhaps more
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Mary Muir, 1864 Oct 23" (1864). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1164.
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