Dunbar, 12th March '95.
My dear Mr. Muir:
I am sending you the book of Mr. Egerton Young, and hope he may be the friend whom you knew. Anyway, the "Canoe and Dog Train," is interesting in its own way, particularly to those who know something of the N. W. Territories. My son Charlie saw those dog trains starting from Winnipeg for the far west the year he first went out, so it interested me not a little. Anyway you will accept it as a remembrance of me, who am very proud of being acquainted with you. It will remind you that besides Mrs. Lunam there are those in old Dunbar who think very kindly of you. I fear, however, there is nothing about Alaska in it -- I must have got confused on that subject.
Such a winter as we have had, snows and frost such as we have not seen here for many years, It has told terribly on the old people. I have been unable to move since Christmas day, and Mrs. Lunam, I think, is much the same from rheumatism. Farmers crying out that the ground is too hard to plough and seed should be sown by next week. Over all there is great sickness. Influenza prevails and is very hard on old people. It seems to have been the same everywhere, as there have been nothing in the papers but storms and wrecks. I hope you have fared better and that you and Mrs. Muir and children are all well. I was looking at the pictures of the latter only yesterday. The little one, I fancy, has a strong look of you.
Will you kindly remind your Mother of me when you write to her? My son unites with me in all good wishes for yourself, Mrs. Muir and children, and I am,
Yours very sincerely,
Since I last wrote you Isabella Jeffrey died after much suffering, and now her sister is left alone and very little fitted to be so, I fear.
1895 Mar 12
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.
Kelly, Agnes, "Letter from Agnes Kelly to John Muir, 1895 Mar 12." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3065.
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