John G. Manuel
May 19th 1913.
Dear Mr Muir:
Just a wee bit scart to say that your kind letter, and book arrived together last Friday morning. I am not able to fittingly express how much I think of the book and the hearty sentiment inscribed on the fly leaf. But I can assure you it will be carefully treasured, and will have a place in my book-case alongside of "Our National Parks", and "Stickeen." I am glad that my letter carried you back to the Ancient and Royal Burgh. True it is, as you say, as we go along down the
pathway of the years, that we live now in the past. Since I wrote you one of the town's veteran lieges has been laid in the shadow of the Auld Kirk. Archie Aithen, the plasterer at the age of 80. His Father was Peter Aithen, also a plasterer, and I can just mind o' him. Now when I get the book read, will write agian, for I ken I will find more in it to give me an excuse to write about. Speaking of the Belhaven card, if you should insert any view of the old home in a later edition, I have cards galore and will look them up, and send you some. I sent you some, some three years ago, but I have somewhere a good one of
the New Harbour mouth taken from "The Grips," with the yawls coming in from sea. I am keen to know if you ken aboot the wee pool up on the rocky shelf ablow the gunholes.
Thanking you ever so much for book and letter, and with renewed good wishes for your good health.
Yours very truly
John G. Manuel.
1913 May 19
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25.5 cm.
Manuel, John G., "Letter from John G. Manuel to John Muir, 1913 May 19." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3997.
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