Wives is it by death or? and you spoke about Cosy but did not mention Flora. Does that Cabbin still stand that you and I built and lived in so long? how well I rember the time you and I started for the plains when we went down the river trail and I als distinctly remember the morning we left Delaneys ranch to go into the Valley it was a tough trip but it did not hurt us any did it John J M Hutchings wan't much of a man I can see it now but you I did not follow as much as I had ought to but the lessons and the talks you gave me done me more good in my after life than I thought or dreamed of do you remember the time you and I went up to the top of
December 15" 1901
Mr John Muir
Yes, I am the same Harry Randall who in the days of Auld langsyne was your companion in the Yosemite. And you may think by my not answering your letter sooner that I was not glad to hear from you but such is not the case for when I received your letter and commenced to read it my boy said what is the matter with you I said I have just got a letter from John Muir the man I have told you so much about. Now I am not going to make excuses for not writing sooner
I think it was in seventy two that James Hamilton and I left
the Bridal Vail falls and staid there untill after sunset and did not get down into the Valley untill the next morning? I do Of course Mrs Sproat is dead long ago, but she could make some fine muffins
Well I would like to know more about yourself when you can find time to write to me and if you see [Kinney?] give him my respect Well I have written you enough so you can identify me as the Same Harry there is a man here in Worc that always call me Harry the same as you used to and it always makes me think of you
San Francisco he to stop at St Jo. MO. I to go to Providence RI I had been away five years and of course my friends appeared glad to see me but of course that soon wore off and in less than two months I got a chance to work in Worcester at a Grocery Store and I have been in the same mans employ ever since he has done well for me and I have tried to do the same for him so you see it is not hard for me to give you an account as you sasked for Of course you know I got married we have boy and girl both living and they are up to the average and both doing well. I own my home keep a horse to drive and in fact have about all there is to make us contented. (but of course you know we are not)
Mr Muir, I have kept some track of you by your writings in papers and books and one of the NY papers had a long piece also you pictures My daughter saw it first and brought it to me wanted to know if I could tell who it was. You see I have told them so much about you and our wanderings together that they know you most as well as I I was not surprised to hear that John Smith was dead he was older than he looked to be I would like to see George [Kinney?] I sometimes think I will take a trip out there and see what is left of old friends and see what Changes there are When you write me again you must give me more particulars about Hutching how does it happen that he has had four
and as I have given you as complete a history as I can and I will say that my best wishes accompany this letter and I shall be more than pleased to hear from you
#554 Pleasant St
1901 Dec 15
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Randall, Henry, "Letter from Henry Randall to John Muir, 1901 Dec 15." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4500.
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