Margaret Rae Lunam


[John Muir]



Westfield Dunbar Decr 23d 1913

My dear Cousin John

I received your letter with enclosed order for 100 dollars yesterday. I will cash it & you may be sure it will brighten & cheer many a poor home & for my half of it do accept my heartfelt gratitude, many a grateful tear rolled down my dear Mother's cheek when she used to get it & she wd say John Muir is good to me, when you are so kind I feel I must let you know what our little income is, it is a little over 2 pounds a week, it is the rise in the cost of living & now our leases reach 20 pounds a year that mkes it rather tremendous work to get the ends to meet So I think you will understand what a help 10 pounds is. You do not mention your daughers but I trust they & their dear little children are well & enjoying this Xmas time. I had kind letters from Mrs Galloway & Mrs Brown this mail. Annie Hay tells me she heard from you recently, I was glad to hear you were writing to them, James was 90 on the 15th of the month they were to have a cake & 90 little candles on it.



Do you remember John Kelly at the Bank he has retired from work & gone to live in the South of England.
I have enjoyed your Book and at present it is at Mrs Dick's the widow of the school master whom you saw when you were home, Mr Anderson at Pinkerton, do you remember going out to his farm, will have to get a read of it next.
I am glad to say I am keeping free from asthma this Winter I am taking care & hope I may escape.
Wishing you many returns of the Season & with kindest love & thanks
Believe me

Yours Affecty

Margaret Rae Lunam



Dunbar [Scotland]

Date Original

1913 Dec 23


Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 1090

Collection Identifier

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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