Susan M. Gilroy


Susan M.Gilroy


John Muir



little trips together & a very happy time in Edinburgh. they are so kind one can't help being happy with them. indeed all the Dunbar people are the same. Mrs Dick & the Pinkerton people & lots more. Jane Mather was here the other night. She is very well & a good [school?]
I have been reading with great interest your writings in "Picturesque California" they make me long to see the country myself. Very many of my cousins have read your "Mountains of California" with great interest & hope when you come back again to see you too. They all live in Northumberland & are Ann Gilroys children. Your mother

Oct 19 1895




My dear Cousin

I have been a long time in answering your last kind letter, but it has not been for want of thinking & talking about you. We knew you were off to your beloved mountains again, and I thought I'd wait until I heard you had come down among ordinary mortals. Mama [Lunam?] had your letter a few days ago & we were all glad to hear you had had a nice time & had returned home safely.
Very many thanks for your kind letter & still kinder offer of a home with you & your little girls



and she were great friends & the same ages, but my Aunt has been dead some years and my cousins all married I am going to them next week for a month or two, but hope to hear from you. A letter will always find me here. This is my home house in the meantimes.
Will you give our kindest love to Mrs Muir & your Girls & with much love to you Believe me

Your Affectionate Cousin

Susan M. Gilroy

19th Dec 1895



I am sure I should be happy with you all but I'm afraid I'm too old to teach anything except housekeeping or taking care of an old lady. If you know any one near you requiring such a person I might be tempted to cross the seas into your big land. I have not heard of any thing suitable yet. I was trying when in Edinburgh but so many are rushing for every opening, I must just poseess my soul in patience until the right thing does turn up. In the mean time I've had a very happy summer generally moving about between North Berwick Edinburgh & here (very wee journey you will think) Maggie & I had some


Dunbar [Scotland]

Date Original

1895 Oct 19


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 1259

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