J[oseph] C. Pickard


John Muir


[1]Maywood Ills. 2 Sept. 1909Dr. John MuirMartinez, CaliforniaMy dear Friend.I have read with great pleasure your "Stickeen". I find the same pen finds alike in narration & description, and the same genial soul that "loveth "All things both great and small."I can but recall the day you came to me with wooden clocks & asked a place for them. Wonder-working clocks regulating so much of labor as student & teacher! I trust you have them still in place of honor.A few years ago I was in Edinburg I went into the cemetery at foot of Calton Hill, to see the bronze figure of L[illegible] & the tomb of Hume. I found near those a monument to 3 (or 4) martyrs (banished for love of their fellowman. I copied inscriptions remarks made at their trial. One read as follows: "I have devoted myself to the04573 [2]cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall ultimately triumph". "Thomas Muir in Court of Judiciary. Aug. 20. 1793." - The cause did ultimately triumph & the people erected the monument. You must know the spot & its memory, as I believe your early life was not far away.- I have thought you must of that noble stock, for in you is somewhat of that heroic grandeurI wish you might meet my brother J. L. who lives in Cupertino (85 years of age) & his grandson in San Francisco, Perhaps you remember Henry Butler & my son Charles as boys about the university. Henry is a lawyer in Superior, & Charles a lawyer in Chicago. Charles spent a week or two this summer with his invalid wife in the Yosemite. I hoped he would find you. Both boys are successful in their profession.Very cordially yoursJ. C. Pickard[3]PS. Ninety years ago my wife's grandfather James St[illegible] & his son published 'Illustrations of Edinburg with a history of the city. One of the engravings is of the old Tol. booth. I found a copy in a second hand book store, & brought it away with me paying $2.25 for it. A rare work now. MR. St[illegible] was a distinguished delineator & engraver in London.- In the description of Hume's monument is given a suggested epitaph, which you may not have seen. I copy it."Within this circular idea,"vulgarly called a tomb-"Rest the impressions & ideas"That constituted Hume."I quote from memory.JCP04573


Maywood, Ill.

Date Original

1909 Sep 2


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0696

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