M[argaret] Hay Lunam


[John Muir]



to be for ever with her god and savior and all her dear friends who have gone before her: where partings are un[illegible]; it will be a great comfort to you all to know that Dr Daniel was with her at the last - and poor Sarah is also plunged in deep sorrow, at the death of Mr Eastman leaving a widow, & two children




March 13th

My dear cousin John,

I received your last letter dated the end of Jan[illegible] I certainly should have answered it long before this time but I was long nursing Maggie in February, had taken another bad turn of the Br[illegible] [illegible] owing to the severe weather: and [illegible] [illegible]



had an attack of measles for 3 weeks at the same time, but they are all going about again, do accept my heartfelt sympathy for you all in the sad bereavement of your dear sister Annie ["?]Well do I remember your dear mother coming often up to grand father; with the little twins after your father left


for America: they [now?] just beginning to [weep?], but that is long ago, and many sad [illegible] among us all since that time, dear Annie has died the same compl[illegible] as [illegible] [illegible] [mother?] [Gilroy?] [illegible]: after a few [illegible] illness, dear Annie is now done with all her earthly cares, and her: good christian works: and gone to that glorious [Heaven?]


friends: both near you and far from you, we will hope to hear from you very soon, Susan [illegible] [Jake?] mother are both well, also Mr. [illegible]elly. I [do?] wish his mother, my old friend:

I am ever your affectionate cousin

Margaret Hay Lunam

Your cousins the [illegible] are all well—


Sarah will be a great comfort to her daughter Anna in Oregon: far from you all. What a sad change to her, after spending such a long happy holiday with you all at Martinez! I am sure Mrs Reid will be feeling the death of Annie very much, as she helped her dear mother to bring them up, when they were babies



tell Sarah i would have written to her, if I had her address, I do deeply sympathize with her. I trust Mrs Muir & your own two b[illegible] are well, Mr Murdock is going to take a voyage to Maderia: this month to get some sunny weather, for a week or two, after our cold severe winter: Maggie wishes she could also


get some perpetual sunny days also, but we must wait, till we can get our house set for a few weeks in [illegible] before we think of a change we are looking forward with pleasure to see you in Dunbar this summer. should nothing prevent you: Maggie joins me in much love to you and all your dear


Westfield, Dunbar [Scotland]


Original letter dimensions: 14.5 x 21 cm.

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