March 16 1908
My dear John Muir
I have often thought during the last six months that you must have a poor opinion of me from my apparent neglect of your request to obtain a report on [illegible] fossils sent to me about a year ago by [Mr?] Renn[el?]
As I already mentioned there were sent to the care of Professor Balfour at the Botanic Gardens here in [illegible] last. I have repeatedly written to the Professor begging him to [favor?]
me with his report, but it was only, this morning I received the enclosed reply, which I send on in lieu of a more detailed statement which I trust will soon follow: He is [illegible] interested in the examination of the specimens -:.
Since we met on this side much has happened in both families in joy & [sorrow?]. I have always indulged the hope of seeing your daughter and her husband on this side if not you & M[is?]s Muir - I trust the latter is better in health this spring and that you will not need [to?] [illegible] her to Arizona. Please let us know how she is & how you yourself are. - I had a welcome card from [you?]
at the beginning of the year.
Personally I am thankful to tell you that I enjoy very good health for my age, barring, sight and hearing, both of which are beginning to fail me - Sans eyes sans ears [et?]c After four score, we must expect such failures.
I see your friend Murdoch occasionally & we talk about you. -
I forgot to mention that my son Willie has at last married - I [thou?]ght that he and his friend Renn[el?] were confirmed bachelors, but Willie has shown him a good example. He appears to have made a good
choice and they are both very happy.-
We are still going on [quietly?] in the old house at Drummond Place where we still hope to see you once more.- If you are not too long in revisiting old Scotland -
Yours very sincerely,
P.S. If my dear wife knew that I am sending you this [illegible] she would be sorry if I did not send her kind regards.
1908 Mar 16
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Douglas, David, "Letter from David Douglas to John Muir, 1908 Mar 16." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5322.
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