by Olef Ellison, I have read it again and again with delight I am going to take it with your letter etc, to a lady, an old and valued friend of your fathers and who is very familiar with your writings. She spent a Winter in California a few years ago, and was in San Francisco and much regretted that she did not see you. Our family doctor who was resident Physician at the General Hospital often speaks of your father saying how much he was liked both by the hospital Staff and patients. But I fear I am exhausting your patience, so I will conclude with kindest regards to yourself and family also your brothers & sisters.
I beg leave to remain
Yours most Sincerely.
216 [R?]obinson Street
Dear Mr Muir
A very severe illness is my excuse for not acknowledging long ere this your letter to my daughter Henrietta It was so good of you to write and give us Mrs Brown's address as well as the whereabouts of the other members of the family. I see that with the exception of your Mother, the family circle is undiminished - long may it continue so -. your father and myself were always good friends, coming from
Berwick on Tweed, not very far from your own Dunbar, we had many a chat of bygone times and places He had been in Berwick and it must have been about the Christmas time, for he heard the "Waits" and could remember the tune they played: it brought the tears to my eyes so well did I remember it too, and what a peculiar delight we children had in listening to the [wind?]-like music. He was fond of my children, especially Henrietta, and always spoke of her to me as the "Lord's lamb." Seldom a day passed without one (sometimes
the three) going in to read a Chapter and sing a hymn. And no matter when, or at what time they went in, they were always sure of a hearty welcome, and his face fairly beamed as they sat round his table reading verse, and verse about, he pausing now and then to explain something. those were happy days: they will never forget them. Often they took him a bunch of wild flowers; he was pleased to get them; saying he loved the flowers for God made them. I have read with much interest the sketch of your life, much in it brings your good father to my mind. I also read a short sketch with quotations from your writings
Hamilton [Ontario, Canada]
1901 Dec 10
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.
Munro, Eliza, "Letter from Eliza Munro to John Muir, 1901 Dec 10." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4496.
Reel 11, Image 0971
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