John Muir


John Muir


John Muir



& the 12 pins of Connemara they had strange adventures sometimes reduced to starvation fare & perishing cold but never a days illness.
Promising prentices for John Muir the mountaineer truly! But my dear fellow you must really give it up at your time of life & be content to leave the [illegible] Blessed wilderness & its further exploration to some body else who can afford to be killed without having to leave a widow & her bonnie bairnies behind them.
With all our united kindest love to thee & thine I am ever

Your affectionate cousing

Jas M. Hay

John Muir Esq




Dec. 4. 1894

Delta Chambers


My dear Cousin Muir

I duly received your favour of the 14th ult yesterday along with your first Book which I handed over to my wife last evening for which we both thank you very much. She picked out about the squirrels the very first time & read it out aloud to some friends who happened to be present.
Well, now, about another matter. We have been in regular receipt of the San Francisco Bulletin & the



Nos of Picturesque Califonia up to the 30th where they ceased. The Bulletin still continues to come
I applied at the Post Office but they could do nothing till we had inquired at the other end. On the 27th October I wrote the J De[illegible]ing Co Publishers San Francisco stating that the last two numbers of Picturesque Cali'a had never come to hand but that the Bulleting still continued to come, but have received no answer.
About a month previously I had written the San Francisco Bulletin that Mrs. Lunam at Dunbar had received a first number but never any more.


Perhaps you may be more successful in finding out a solution.
Well now, we are moderately well in both households here. My oldest boy, John & a colleague had a camping out excursion in Ireland in the month of August & Sep'r--the worst wet weather that has been there for years. They carried their own camp & have slept in a House or bed all the 5 weeks--& finished up with a months practise at the Coomb Lying in Hospital Dublin--
their excursion route was from Dublin right across the country to Galway


Martinez [Calif.]

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Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

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