Aug. 10, 1904.
Dear old friend:
Your kind letter of Aug. 2d came yesterday laden with Meaford memories & auld lang syne in general, and with it came the draft that has given you so much trouble. This closing a transaction 40 years old, illustrating moral integrity & patience of a kind far from common in financial annals.
The news of your coming to visit me is delightful. I have many visitors & thousands of friends, but those of the old days have for me an immortal charm wanting in others however high & honorable & flattering.
Often & often I look
longingly back into that blessed old "Hollow" among the hemlocks hoping to revisit it, & I believe I shall yet. Indeed I feel quite sentimental about it, it was so full of trees & mosses & liverworts & wild life of so many kinds, & its far reaching associations I could almost sing with Johnnie Boyce "O! how I love the sawmill"! I remember nearly all of that immortal poem. In the last verse mechanics & religion were curiously mixed, & both sense & rhyme went a trifle wrong, faith not uncommon in older poets. Here it is
"It was God who made the sawmill
That stands beside the stream
I hope to go to Him when I die
And in his kingdom reign"
But if I allow myself to wander
into these old days this letter will spread far & wide like a Wisconsin prairie.
When you come to California come direct to my house & bring Charlie Jay with you. "Muir station" on the Santa Fe railroad is on the side of our ranch & within an hour & a half of San Francisco. There are 2 morning & 2 evening trains to & from the city, so you can go & come to & from the meetings in the city, you refer to in your letter, every day. The first train from our station reaches San Francisco about 8. 30, A.M. - time enough for any sort of meeting - Let me know as soon as you decide the time of your visit so that I will be sure to be at home.
With kindest regards to Charlie & all your family I am ever faithfully yours John Muir
[in margin: I send herewith some old clippings I discovered lately which may amuse you or the children]
1904 Aug 10
Original letter dimensions unknown.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to William Trout, 1904 Aug 10." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2850.
Reel 14, Image 0464
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