flower show to get funds for our poor and some of his wonderful plants would be a great attraction. I expect to have the show at the end of April and the principal flowers will be Daffodils and Primroses in all their varieties. This year I am collecting for this purpose. One year I made $300 in a small attempt I made at a village, so I hope here I can get $1000. We have much poverty this year amongst the unemployed. Farming does not pay in England and manufacturing is overdone and we cannot compete with your adopted (for you are a Scotchman) country.
Please remember us kindly to your daughters. My regards to Mrs. Muir and with many many good friendly wishes to yourself.
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Mar. 21, 1905
Dear Prof. Muir
Your letter of Feb. 15th was a real treat. I am very glad that you have not forgotten me. How I should like to make you a visit! When I can go to California again I cannot tell. I know I have to go to the eastern states towards the end of the summer but only for a few days. I must return before one of my sons goes to India. Then I expect to go to Egypt where my youngest son is going. He has suddenly given up
the idea of entering the Diplomatic service and has chosen the Egyptian Civil. This because it requires more individual work and a man that intends to work will surely advance. My boy is a good worker and the government agent at Cambridge advised him to take it up. I was called to Cambridge to discuss the matter and agreed to his taking this career. After that I expect my brother will join me and we hope to go to Ceylon for the winter. I have suffered so much lately with gout and am still suffering that my staying in England during winter is out of the question. With all that my gout is not in the legs I cannot take
all the exercise I want and my gardening work has been curtailed. We are not so fortunate as you are. No oranges or any fruit at this time but imported. At present we have a great number of Daffodils, primroses, polyhanthuses and today I noticed the prunes in bloom.
By the way, yesterday I read in a paper called the "Country Gentleman" about the wonderful things your countryman Luther Burbank, Santa Rose, has brought out. Is it all true? Certainly we have daisies five inches diameter that he sent to the Horticultural Society. If so I must ask him to send me some seed or plants. I hope next year to have a
Alphington, Frimley, Surrey
1905 Mar 21
Original letter dimensions: 15 x 19.5 cm.
Furse, E., "Letter from E. Furse to John Muir, 1905 Mar 21." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3304.
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