A. Ross Matheson
Dec 23rd 1901
Dear friend Muir,
This afternoon while doing my Christmas shopping, I picked up a volume "Our National Parks by John Muir". I read a few pages and was quite convinced it was my friend of Auld Lang Syne. I have read more of it and have been very much pleased It is a very interesting work. I purchased on copy for my youngest son and one for a friend who is largely interested in Western R.R.ds and who has travelled extensively in the parks of the West. The long gap spanning the time since I last heard from you have made some changes in each of us. I have been in this city over 30 years. I am now regarded as one of the old physicians and Surgeons, the majority of these who were here then have passed over ["with?] the great majority I have had a satisfactory degree of success, have had excellent hospital connections and a large practice and the usual honors, such as the presidency of various Medical organizations. I have had my sorrows too my wife was called away to her final rest in 1896 - after a long illness. I have two sons who are my Companions and who are making satisfactory work one as a physician and the other is still a student
My eldest son graduated as a B.A. in 92, and as an M.D. in 95. He is now adjunct Prof of Chemistry in the Long Island Medical College also Surgeon to the Fra[illegible]clinic. He has travelled considerably in Europe Africa and Asia. He is a large man 5 ft. 11 in and weigh about 200. My youngest son purposes studying law as soon as he Completes his literary studies. You would sc[arcely?] recognize me I am grey and bald and weigh about 215 lbs. but I am still active and can get around as well as the youngsters I still enjoy the woods, and often think of our ambitions and our dreams away up on the Holand River in the Village of Bradford. I take a vacation every year and my youngest son and I hunt in Maine or in the Adirondacks or in Canada two years ago I purposed going to California but went to Europe instead I have a farm about 30 miles up the Hudson River where I occasionaly take a vacation and a rest. It is not however the wilds that you admire as it is with the exception of 20 acres of woodland under a high state of cultivation, but to me it is a great rest. I can see the fruit growing and the crops and then I have a lot of dogs, Collies so affectionate and intelligent, I have my cattle and my horses, and all
Brooklyn, N. Y.
1901 Dec 23
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Matheson, A. Ross, "Letter from A. Ross Matheson to John Muir, 1901 Dec 23." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4516.
Reel 11, Image 1047
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