David Landsbonah


John Muir


Kilmarnock. 18th Nov. 1887.

Dear Mr. Muir:

I hope Mrs. Muir, yourself, your two children, and also your father and mother-in-law are well, and that your sister is better. I am now picturing to myself your house and also your father-in-law's, and the road betwixt them. How is the great fig tree, and also the Marvels of Peru which so much struck me when I had the pleasure of visiting you.
My main object in writing you is to let you know that I am looking forward to the pleasure of a visit from you; and that you have engaged me as your guide in a visit to Arran. I have a special desire to show you the Gum trees, Acaciae, [illegible] ? and Tree Ferns that there grow in the open air; as I know that you -- a true Scotchman -- and a most enthusiastic lover of plants would have pleasure in seeing these trees in your native country. I would also like to take you to [illegible] ? in this neighborhood, and show you how the Big Tree that you know so well, is behaving itself here in
" ? bonnie woods and braes."
I would like also to take you to Roseneah to see Adam and Eve -- the great silver firs -- great in our estimation, not in yours; but still even to you most interesting.
By the bye, I remember your remark that the "shade of no tree is so excellent as that of the fig" -- also your most eloquent and scientific exposition on the Yosemite Valley.
I have ventured to trouble you with an account of a lecture I have given since I came home from America -- run over the headings and glance at anything that may attract you.
Looking forward to see you ere long. With kindest regards to Mrs. Muir, yourself, and also your father and mother-in-law, I am,

Yours sincerely,

David Landsbonah.(?)


Kilmarnock, [Scotland]

Date Original

1887 Nov 18


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0890

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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