Bordeaux July 3rd 1895.
John Muir, Esq're
My dear Sir,
One of the most agreeable surprises ever felt since I left San Francisco was for me when your so very interesting work, "The Mountains of California" reached my solitary home a few days ago; and I very heartily thank you not only for the valuable gift it really is for one, but also and above all for your so flattering and kind recollection of "the friend of old California days." Be sure that very pleasant memories I myself entertain and cherish, with a kind of religious devotion, of those agreeable days you so delicately allude to;
[in margin: Kirwan]
and that I am not only charmed by your friendly address, but also feel in some way proud of it, I must confess, carrying in itself, as it does, the flattering and perhaps a little conceited evidence that the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind," is altogether erroneous, so far as I am peronaly concerned. That is not a light satisfaction, I must say, for a man of my age (79.), after an absence of seventeen years and more from California and my friends of younger days. Therefore, Dear friend Muir, please accept my best thanks together with the expression of my most sincere wishes for your health and happiness.
Very affectionately yours,
M. De Kirwan
1895 Jul 3
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.
Dekirwan, M., "Letter from M. Dekirwan to John Muir, 1895 Jul 3." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3113.
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