Jeddo April 12th /66
Your welcome letter came to hand some time ago I might have written sooner but, Hollow in the woods, seemed rather a curious address so I waited till a chance came for me to find out how it was We [farmar bodies?] are having rather a backward time just now. There are only a few folks commenced plowing yet some wreathes of snow lying around the fences and the land pretty wet which will make hurrying times and late sowing by and by if it gives us plenty time to fix things before [common?] [illegible] The folks in Buffalo keep on pretty much as before only the young folks have had quite a time marrying this last winter the most noted are Wee Geordie Muir down to James Mahaffy then there are quite a
number intermediate I write this because I know it will give you pleasure to hear that others are happy although perhaps you don't at present enjoy much of their peculiar happiness yourself, as for me I feel and like freedom too well to have any notion as yet of being tied up to anything however holy & comfortable the bands might be, It may be fun getting married but it seems that life gets to be determined in ernest after that, just from what little I have seen of it. I am afraid James' project of taking a tramp through auld Scotland will be scattered to the winds before the time arrives for putting it into execution like many other young fancies He says he is going when he acquires a certain amount of money perhaps when he gets that he will be far going into a very different state than where [store?] is naught but bannocks and leeks and long legged callants a watin the Breeks
that is yet alongside of dome. Scotish girl or other and then all thoughts of the glens hills lakes etc of the lands [cakes?] will be swallowed up in how to provide grub and clothes for the rising generation. Our ja[illegible] down South terminated just when the sick time had commenced so we got through all right. Some were not so lucky We left Sam Mahaffy sick at Pittsburg on our way home, he did not live to proceed andy further. A Maitland took some lung disease and wasted away till a few days before we were discharged and W. Brown lately filled a consumptives grave. don't know whether his exposure down south helped the disease or not, all well hope this will find you the same. Shall be happy to hear how you get along in that far away place Yours A. Reid
1866 Apr 12
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm
Reid, Andrew, "Letter from Andrew Reid to John Muir, 1866 Apr 12" (1866). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1187.
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