Mrs. W[illia]m Lyon


John Muir



March 27

Grass Lake Mich,

Mr John Muir:-

I have just finished reading your book to my son--"The Story of my boyhood and youth." I read to him while he eats breakfast. And I told him his opportunity was different from yours, even if we are just plain country people. The book was most interesting and we much admired the boy and his [work?] - the "home-loving boy". My people came from Scotland - and this June we - my son 12 years old this month and his father and myself - expect to go to




Edinburgh - perhaps for a year. The boy and his mother are "home-loving" and we can [hardly?] endure the thought of leaving our precious little home - but we have long planned on the journey and I believe it will be good for the boy and his father. My husband went from this little village & country to Jackson - was called up and for 2 years has done his work there - but we stay here and our 2 horses were the things that troubled me most. I wanted them killed - but my husband said they were too lively




and sound to be killed - so one of these has gone to my mother's farm to raise colts and the other I let an elderly man take to use and be kind to till we come back. Still I regretted to put him out of his good home even in another. You say "Animals have rights we are bound to respect." How many do? I wonder what you would have done in the case. We have 3 on hand--none for sale and I did repeatedly say no hand but my husband's could draw line over them - and now then they are all alive and well and likely to live. My Scotch grand mother


was so fond of animals. and, I have so much to be thankful for in my honest, upright, industrious, kind Scotch grand parents. I hope this will find you and that I may hear from you.
With many thanks for the book.


Mrs. Wm Lyons


Grass Lake, Mich.

Circa Date

[1913] Mar 27


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 16 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0239

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

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