Margaret Hay Lunam


John Muir


Westfield, Dunbar [Scotland],
June 1st, 1907.

My dear Cousin John Muir,

It does seem a long time since we have had a letter from you. I am just sending; you a few lines to put you in mind to write and tell us how you are all keeping. We have had a long cold winter, and the weather still keeps cold and wet. The bonnie summer days will surely come soon now we have got into June. How is your Helen? I hope she is now much stronger and [has] been at your own home in Martinez. No more earthquakes near you. I see from the papers that San Francisco is getting rebuilt. I trust Wanda keeps very well. I have kept well all winter, and get into the garden in the fine days. I cannot walk into Dunbar kirk, and do [not go] except in a cab, and that is only at communion time. I am getting an old woman now--nearly 84. Cousin James Hay, 3 months younger, his wife is very ill with rheumatics all over and has to be lifted in bed, but James hopes she will improve with the warm weather. He is going to try and go to Coldstream, his native place, in summer to see it once more. Maggie has had no asthma all winter. So we are not going to let our house this summer and live quietly at home. She is not able to clean the house after the summer families.
Will you not be taking a trip to Scotland this summer to come to Dunbar and see all your old friends. We will give you a hearty welcome. Susan Gilroy has taken a house at Wooler. She . comes and sees us occasionally. Jane Mather [is] always teaching in Dunbar. Our friends are becoming fewer about the old place. Do try and cross the big pond this summer. What is David and Maggie and all the others doing? Do write soon. Maggie joins me in kindest love to all.

Ever your affectionate cousin,

Margaret Hay Lunam



Dunbar [Scotland]

Date Original

1907 Jun 1


Original letter dimensions: 16 x 20 cm.

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Reel 16, Image 0765

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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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