Susan M. Gilroy
like to go into Edinburgh for the changes & Maggie & I could have a little trip to our Highlands together. I enjoyed my short visit to them so much I love the grand old [sea?]at Dunbar. I thought Mrs. Sunam a good deal failed. She suffers so much from rheumatism from that bad old sea "The Soup"
I hope Mrs. Muir is well, also your little girls. Give my kind love to them and tell
24th June 1894
My Dear Cousin
I was so pleased to have your kind letter, for I'm sure you have not much time for letter writing, in the midst of so much work. I was very sorry you had had so much trouble & loss, with your books & letters not arriving at their destination.
Mrs [Suney?] was so disappointed
when she heard you had sent her the [illegible] photographs. I hope all will go on well now. I shall be delighted to have your book & prize it much. It makes such a difference when we have seen you I had always heard of your mother from my Aunt "Ann Gilroy" & read with interest any thing I could see of your writings in the magazines & now the whole "Gilrye Tribe love you & feel proud of you & live in the hope of seeing you again
before very long.
Mrs [M?] Kier has been very delicate. We have been at Moffat a month I often thought how you would have enjoyed the drives among the hills. (I could not call them mountains like yours) but the weather was bad & the hills white with snow on the 2d of June. I suppose you never have anything like that in California?
Mrs [Sunam?] has not got her house let. She hopes to do so for August & September as she would
them. I should be so pleased to have a Photo of them to look at sometimes until I see the originals which I hope to do some day. I have yours hung up in my bedroom, & many people see a likeness between us. I intend having myself taken to send you, "When" I happen to be looking my best!
I have been studying a little Botany & getting a few new specimens at Moffat. I feel so
helpless at it. The subject is too large for me. The more I try to learn, the less I seem to know. I have often read about your lovely fruit & flowers. I hope yours will do well & repay you. We will not have any strawberries this year, or early potatoes, as a severe frost came about a week ago & blackened all the trees etc.
I hope you will get
your book finished & well published. You have a great deal of writing to do. I've been getting the "Century" Magazine but your articles have not been in yet.
Miss M. Kier send her kind remembrance & she wishes she had been able to see a little more of you. & with kind love
Your Affectionate Cousin
Susan M. Gilroy
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.
Gilroy, Susan M., "Letter from Susan M. Gilroy to [John Muir], 1894 Jun 7." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6859.
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