John Muir


John Muir


[Margaret Hay] Lunam


Martinez, California

October, 1, 1895

My dear cousin,

Coming down from the High Sierra, where I have been sauntering & sunning for six weeks, I found your welcome Edinburgh letter & Gilderoy both of which I was glad to get, & I thank you very much for the kind thoughts & care for me, & the trouble you took to copy the Gilderoy. I think it is very interesting, & this is the first I have seen of it. You must have enjoyed the grand old town & the fine sermons you heard, & I hope the change of air has been beneficial for your health. I remember Marie Hay quite well, I liked all the Hays & it must be a great pleasure to be so near them as to see them often Scotland is so small & so is England. One cannot separate far on such an island which is one advantage. I had a letter


from Susan Gilroy when she was at Oban in which she mentions a trip she made with Maggie. It is a fine thing to be able to get so easily into fine wild inspiring scenery as there is in abundance in your little rugged highlands & lochs & bold wave dashed shores. I had a fine trip but not in new places, I visited some of my old haunts in the mountains back of Yosemite where first I began my studies of the forests & mountain building & sculptures, visited the giant Sequoias some of which were at least 200 feet high & 15 feet in diameter at the time that Christ walked the earth so noble & venerable are these trees!
I also made a trip through one of the grand canons [diacritic] in the old way, living on crackers & lying down by a campfire at night without blankets. & I stood the rough toil fairly well. We are all quite well here. Mother is about as usual Remember me to my friends & believe me ever yours


[in margin: truly John Muir. Love to Maggie & Susan. When are they coming here]


Martinez [Calif]

Date Original

1895 Oct 1


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 20.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 1211

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