John Muir


John Muir


Willie [William Keith]


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(Hotel Metropole, London)

Aug 8 1893

Dear Willie

Wandering Willie Where in all this confused world of street cars hotels station etc are you. I got to Liverpool July 1st by the Etruria and feeling sure you were off to Spain gave up all hope in my infantile loneliness of finding. Most of the time since then I couldn’t even find myself and yet on the whole I’ve had a sort of good time. I went to Edinburgh and there David Douglas a publisher

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to whom I had a letter took pity on me and looked after me. Then I went to Dunbar and found a cousin and the old home and the school where I was thrashed. Thence back to Edinburgh – then to Dumfries, then to Sterling and through the Trossacks to Oban – to Leith and thence to Norway. Had a glorious glacial and other times there. Thence back to Edinburgh and thence to Windermere Grassmere etc – a charming region. To London, arrived here yesterday. Tomorrow I start for Switzerland. Then perhaps"

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a little of the north of Scotland and home. I heard from home today. All well. Expect to get back to Edinburgh by the end of this month perhaps and home by the end of October. I hope you and Mrs. K had a good time but your Scotch or Swendenborgian cons[ ] must have been sore at times. My address til the end of this month is London Paris and American Bank Limited. Later it will be David Douglas 10 Castle St Edinburgh. Hoping to meet in S.F. I am yrs J. Muir"


London [England]

Date Original

1893 Aug 8


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 11 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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