John Muir


John Muir


[Margaret Hay Lunam]


Martinez California

Dec. 9. 1898

My dear cousin,

Your letter came just as I got home from my long rambles through the eastern forests & I was delighted to hear from your & get the Dunbar news. You must have had a good rest about Edinburgh & a pleasant change It is all so beautiful there. I would have enjoyed the grand roaring storm you mention among the Dunbar rocks if it were not so far how often I would be there. Our lives are too short to see much as compared with the infinite riches God displays in this big world Nevertheless we may well be thankful for what we are allowed to see & enjoy. I'm glad to hear that Bonnie Dunbar is growing


so fast & is so well appreciated & that the good old Kirk is so well cared for. I enclose P.O. for 20 dollars to help the poor, perhaps Mr Buchanan to whom I send my best respects & wishes for his health will help you to distribute it.
We are all about as usual. Maggie is still in delicate health but is able to be about her housework. David is prospering in his California home & I hear that the Portage folk are in their ordinary fairly good health.
I have been gone nearly 3 months studying the forests in New England & the southern states - Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, etc. Was twice in Canada at Montreal & Quebec Went East bt the Great Lakes & came home by Mobile & New Orleans. Saw millions of Gods finest trees in all their glory of Autumn purple & gold.
Remember me to Mrs Kelly with whom I sympathize in her illness & present my congratulations to Mr Kelly on his [manager?] & give my love to Susan & Jan Mather & my respect to Mr [Notman?] Let me soon hear from you again, Love to Maggie

Ever affectionately Your Cousin




Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1898 Dec 9


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0539

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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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