J. E. Mathewson
5th March 1895
Dear friend Muir,
I duly received your two letters, but business affairs have compelled me to put off replying to same from time to time until now. The last letter I could not lay my hands upon, when on the point of starting from home on Saturday last, so you must excuse me if any questions are not answered. Of course you visited this gay city when you were over here. Have been over some fifteen or twenty times, but a day or so always satisfies one & am therefore glad to be on my way back to England. However I believe the people here live are much more happy as a rule than the English or even the Americans. Business conbined with pleasure is much to be preferred to business & little or no pleasure, but it takes one some time to accustom himself to such seemingly frivolous ways as they [bear?] here. Americans & English as a rule however, seem to readily
fall into french ways. There are several thousand of these nationalities who live here permanently. In fact there are so many that they support a daily & evening newspaper--the Paris edition of the New York Herald & the "Evening News." We have an agent here, an American, John G. Iloan, who has resided here over 30 years--married a French woman & has three boys none of whom can speak English.
My daughter has recently passed an examination in Instrumental & Theoretical Music at the Royal Academy of Music. London which entitles her to add the letters L. R. A. M. (Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music) to her name. She is very proud of it, and it places her in a high position in musical circals. Only five ladies have succeeded in passing the Examination in twenty three years.
A friend of mind in London a member of the Society of Arts, has been asked & has agreed, to read a paper on "the SandBlast processes," before that Society on April 3rd. I am helping him prepare it & think it will be interesting. Will send you a copy of the Journal containing the paper when published.
I have sent for a copy of your book, but it has not yet arrived. Am sure that it will be interesting & instructive. I hope some day to write a book on "SandBlast," Anything outside of this would not be in my line, and my whole life has been bound up in it since 1869.
I hope yourself & family are well. You must send me a photograph of them all including yourself & I will do the same as regards my family. My son, is an somewhat of an expert in photography & will do the needful as soon as the [weather?] is fit.
J. E. [Mathewson?]
1895 Mar 5
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 26.5 cm.
Mathewson, J. E., "Letter from J. E. Mathewson to John Muir, 1895 Mar 5." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3062.
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