Marcius C. Smith
Aug 30th 1901
Dear Mr. Muir;
I feel that you are interested more or less in my welfare in this busy world of ours, so I have a little short chapter to add to the brief sketch I sent you of my life. I am to be married to Miss Grace Evans of St Louis, September 12th at 830 in the evening. The wedding will be a quiet home ceremony, and the rich and impressive Episcopal service used. On Sep. 17th we sail in the immense steam ship "Celtic" (20000 tons) for Liverpool. Among other pleasures in store for us is a canoe cruise down the Thames, enjoying the great beauties of Henley, Meedmenham, Cookham and Windsor. I expect to meet three of my nieces in Paris - they having had a years outing already, and with this vast help I hope to really enjoy Paris and its people - a thing I have so far never succeeded in doing. November and December will be
enjoyed in Italy, [and?] taking steamship from Naples back again to the country of all countries. Mr. Muir I am extremely fortunate inthe securing the love and respect of a noble girl. She has a beautiful character and it ennobles a man to be entrusted with the care of such a person. She enjoyed your letter to me, and has always admired John Muir, and is proud that you are my distant friend. I hope on our return from Europe, when we get settled cozily in our little St Louis home, that you will drop in upon us. If we get as far West as California, we will surely accept you kind invitation to call upon you. As my brother, Brai[mond?] lives near Folsom, we expect to make the trip someday. If this letter remains unanswered [many?] days, I will presume that you are away in the mountains gathering more knowledge for us lazy mankind to have for the asking.
Your sincere friend,
Marcius C. Smith.
1901 Aug 30
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Smith, Marcius C., "Letter from Marcius C. Smith to John Muir, 1901 Aug 30." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4454.
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