W. H. Trout


John Muir



Residence of C. H. Jay

Meaford Ont. Can

Jan 23-06

John Muir Esq

Dear Friend

I am back in old Canada again (My bro James is very sick and I have come to see him He is in a bad way it is no doubt his last sickness Kidney disorder bringing on dropsical conditions and all the accompany troubles He is thin and his big head big bones large ears and large nose show strongly against his emaciated body but his mind is clear and can converse without much effort His feet 5 times the proper size and have been tapped to let the water out yet he can stand on them and get from bed to chair He has got around after similar sicknesses before, but there is no hope this time. Meaford is a pretty town, Has a fine artificial harbor, and a good lake and



Railroad trade Big Elevators for receiving and shipping grain
But this to you at least can be only a matter of passing interest I want to tell you that I have at length [succeeded?] in securing that long looked for agreement that must be made before I could make my Cal journey I pressed the matter to a [focus?] because I was coming here. I affixed my signature and drew a small instalment two hours before taking the train for this place. I need not give particulars, if is sufficient to say the imediate effect will practically treble my present income and may go very much beyond that; insuring for me a respectable [competence?] and something for good and needy causes, and still have a remnant to pas on to my children. I hope to to take more ginuine enjoyment out my little amount of money than the average man of great wealth does out of his



Still in regard to my California trip I can only write indefinitely My agreement looks forward to no leisure; that will have to be snatched out between times. Those patents have to be brought before the public in good form, very soon; and there are a number of other new constructions to be brought out.
The late head of our saw mill Dept was last month suddenly called to his final account taking away the big obstacle to my progress as well as the progress of the despot A young progressive man takes his place so you can see there will be abundance of new work for me to do But to California next spring or summer I must go and it shall not be a flying visit either my daughter will accompany me. I want to take it in, from Los Angeles to Vancouver
I shall be pleased to hear from regarding your own health and that of your daughters also any hints as to time and direction of coming As ever your affectionate friend.

W. H. Tout



Meaford, Ont., Canada

Date Original

1906 Jan 23


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0065

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