B. L. Bk., Dunbar [.Scotland],
24th April, '94.
Dear Mr. Muir:
I would sooner have thanked you for the photo of those lovely children you have so kindly sent me, but for a month or more I have been fit for nothing. Gout, rheumatism, and a lame foot have made me quite ill and not disposed to do anything but hover over the fire. So please excuse my apparent neglect, and believe that I shall value them much. It is quite a pleasure to look at such bright innocent young faces, and does one good, besides. You and your wife must be very proud of such lovely and interesting looking children.
Mrs. Lunam, I suspect, is like myself, much confined to the house, for I have not seen her for long, but she, I dare say, is much in her usual, as I see her daughter passing up and she is accompanied by the pet of the house “Tim.”
Do not put yourself to any trouble about the address of a photographer of those views of Alaska. Mr. M[arjoribanks] was there himself, and ought to know where they can be got. I thought so at the time, but as he asked me to enquire from you about the best place for such things, I could not help asking you.
The old town is now in a stir of cleaning up and preparing for the invasion of summer visitors, the militia, etc., but it has been a dull quiet spring. The weather for a time was fine,but now it is broken and cold, often raw east wind, and all who suffer from pains consequent on such sudden changes of temperature have had but a bad time of it.
We are much pleased to think that you so much enjoyed your visit to the old home. I shall not be here to welcome you on your next visit, but if my son is, I know it will afford him great pleasure to meet you again. He much valued the pleasant hours we spent in your society last summer.
You do not name the book you are bringint out, but we shall find it out some way, and I hope see it. Dr. Fullerton left here for St. Andrews some two months ago, and I can't say there has been any addition to the intellectual character of the place since.
Please offer our best wishes to your wife and those pretty children who I hope may grow up “as gude as they are bonnie.” And with the same for yourself from my son and me, I am,
Remember me kindly to your Mother when you write to her.
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.
Kelly, Agnes, "Letter from Agnes Kelly to John Muir, 1894 Apr 24." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6842.
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