Dear Mr. Muir
I have just received a letter from Mrs. Lunam telling me of the sad bereavement you have sustained in the death of your dear wife, and I just send this little note to say how much I sympathize with you in your loss. I experienced the same in 1889 when my first wife died so I know what it is. The last time I heard from Mrs. Lunam was some months ago when she told me you were on the point of starting for Arizona with your daughter Helen, who I hope was benefitted in health by the change. What a fortunate thing your other daughter was at home and with her mother to the last. I have sent you a newspaper
occasionally when I thought there was something in it that would interest you. It is just about a year ago today - or tomorrow - since you and I first met and I often think of the very pleasant time I spent with you and all the kindess I then received from yourself your wife & your daughter. I am going to send you a photo in a few days meanwhile I will conclude with a prayer that the Great & Good Disposer of all events will in His own way help you in your sore distress.
& Believe me as you called me when at Martinez
Your Auld Reekie Uncle
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.
Murdock, James, "Letter from James Murdock to John Muir, 1905 Sep 27." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3423.
Reel 15, Image 0759
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