John Muir


John Muir


[Margaret Hay Lunan]


Martinez, California

March 27, 1898

My dear Cousin, I thought I had written to you at New Year. I am sorry to hear of Mr Buchan's illness The breaking down of a brain is always a sad sight & mostly hopeless. The only comfort is in the love of friends & back looks on a life well spent. Mrs Kellys case is sad too though she bears her trouble so well. Remember me to her, I always look back with pleasure to the evenings spent at her house. I'm sending with this a copy of a magazine which has one of my articles on the Yellowstone Park. Also one to yourself. Did I send you two other Atlantic monthlies with forest articles? If not I'll send them.
I'm glad to hear you & Maggie are well after the long dark winter. I wish I could spend a winter with you to see the grand storms & a spring to hear the skylarks & see the hawthorn ridges & the [heather?] once more.


Remember me to Susan & Jane Mather & Mr [Notman?]. We are all about as usual Mrs. Reid is rather feeble & most of us have had the Grippe - what you call influenza. Mrs. Muir is just recovering from an attack of it.
Mr [Howie?] came at the beginning of winter thinking to learn the business of fruitraising but his health was not good & he soon decided to go back to England. He left us more than a month ago. I see that James Hay is making a name as an artist. Yes you told me before that little Tim died & I can easily understand how hard that was to bear - for I like dogs. I hope Sam will prove as true & affectionate & wise. We have a little rough haired Scottish Terrier that Helen plays with most all day I'm working away at another little book Remember me to the Hays when next you write them -

Ever truly & affectionately your cousin

John Muir



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1898 Mar 27


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0125

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