[Margaret Hay Lunam]
Martinez Oct. 13, 1905
My dear Cousin,
We all thank you for your kind sympathy in our bereavement, which came so suddenly on us. Up to her last day my noble wife was not aware of the hopelessness of recovery, nor indeed were any of us though warned by the doctors a month before. She suffered but little pain; was cheerful, & at last simply fell asleep.
I am still very anxious about Helen. Twice after gaining almost perfect health she brought on inflamation of the left lung by careless over-exertion, riding 30 or 40 miles on horseback a day getting drenched in thunderstorms etc. She had her last relapse about four weeks ago - was in bed 10 days,
but is now apparently about as well as ever once more & we hope this last dreadful lesson will make her cautiously careful hereafter. I had to come to the desolate home here for a few days on business. I go back to Adamana, Arizona, where Wanda & Helen are, tomorrow.
I suppose Helen will have to remain in Arizona for a year or more, with Wanda & I to watch her. We are glad to hear that you & Maggie are so well after your return to Dunbar. Our Maggie & Sarah & David & indeed all the family as far as I know are about as usual. Sarah is now living at Santa Cruz with her daughter Anna & is better than for a long time. Remember me to Maggie, Susan Gilroy Jane Mather & other friends & you.
Know I am ever affectionately your Cousin John Muir
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 22 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Margaret Hay Lunam], 1905 Oct 13." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3436.
Reel 15, Image 0807
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