10 Castle Street
Edinburgh Decr 5 1904
My dear Mr Muir
Another year has nearly gone and before it ends I wish to acknowledge your kind gift [by?] Mr Murdock of your daughters portraits. Let me congratulate you upon the possession of the originals. What would our households be without the "cornerstones". I hope you will bring them across to see [my fathers?] country, and to let them see how Edinburgh looks in 1904. I send by the same mail a little volume for M[illegible]
written by Re[illegible] of an old friend of mine. Professor Masson.- Murdock give a good account of you all; he enjoyed his trip to America very much which was a feat for a man of his age, but he appears to be none the worse - I had heard of you before he came back through the last volume of the B[illegible] & A[illegible] Club. where President Roosevelt tells of his holiday in the Yellowstone country. - - one of the best volumes in the Club series - Your old friend Willie (in spite of or rather as a warding off his asthma) still indulges in his love for mountain climbing.
I think I gold you that two years ago he managed to get a few days among the [illegible] during a five [week?] holiday: four of which I [illegible]tically told him [the?] [illegible] in con[illegible]s travelling [illegible] one for 'climbing': he managed [illegible] as[illegible] however to [illegible] [illegible]. I [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]two or three months-but [illegible] what g[illegible] men are!! I wish he could have gone south to California but the time was too short even for the fa[illegible] of R[illegible] — and I think you were then away
or preparing for your voyage round the word.- If you [illegible] [illegible] any account of your experiences on [illegible] [illegible] Russia or any magazine please tell me & [I will?] get it.-
We are still going on in our old quiet way at Drummund place thankful for all our blessings among the [illegible] [illegible] the [illegible] [illegible] my wife & daughter..
Please to make my respectful [compliments?] to Mrs Muir & your daughters & with all good wishes for the [illegible] [else at hand?].
I am [illegible] [illegible]
1904 Dec 05
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Douglas, David, "Letter from David Douglas to John Muir, 1904 Dec 5." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2909.
Reel 14, Image 0674
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