James Murdock


James Murdock


John Muir


St. Kilda

York Road

Edinburgh 24/9/05

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

James Murdoch



Date Original

1905-09-27 0:00


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 15, Image 0759

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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