John Muir


John Muir


[Margaret Hay Lunam]


Martinez, January, 17, 1895.

Dear Cousin,

I received your letter of the 22d of last month; also the copy of the Scotsman with the review of my book for which I thank you.
I'm glad you find the book interesting. In it I have tried to describe & explain what a traveler would see for himself if he were to come here & go over the ranges & through the forests as I have done. We are having heavy rains this winter. It is raining just now & the streams are roaring, not so loud though as the winds & waves among the Dunbar rocks. I should greatly enjoy a grand storm there. I remember seeing the waves dashing over the harbor once or twice when I was a boy & as you say


it does not seem long since we were children. The lives of busy people pass so fast they seem neither long nor short. And all lives are happy lives that are long enough to know God's love.
I hope your fires keep bright enough to keep away rheumatism. You should fairly toast yourself when the winds come from the sea cold & fogladen.
We are all well as usual here & in Wisconsin. Sarah was sick a week or so, but is better now. Remember me to all my friends. Love to Maggie & Jane Mather whose letter I received a day or two ago. While I must again say goodbye with best wishes.

Ever your affectionate cousin John Muir


[in margin: I wish You & Maggie & Your Mother would send me Your photographs]


Martinez [Calif]

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Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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