Robert Paterson


Robt. Paterson


John Muir


30 Kelly Street Greenock, Scotland, 13th Nov [r?] 1882.

Mr [deleted Robert] John Muir,


I hope you will pardon the presumption of addressing you, whom I do not know, except through your writings. – I can fancy you deluged with enquiries of this sort, and so, if you do not find time to reply, I will make for you, that excuse. I have been casting about for some time, for some means of entering upon a rustic life, as I find confinement does not suit my health, and besides I have a little of that lore for

nature, for which you are so distinguished. – Your very pleasant articles on “Bee Culture.” in the “Century” Magazine led my thoughts in that direction, and I now venture to ask you for some information on the following points which from your knowledge of the district I think you can easily give. – 1st How many hives & swarms would it be necessary to star with? Could these be easily procured and at what cost? What is the average return per hive per ann[illegible]? – or, without going into details, if you could give me an idea of the capital required to enable one to secure a livelihood out of the business, it would do quite as well. -

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2d Do you think it would be necessary or advisable to combine Bee Culture with Farming? – 3d Can land capable of growing wheat be readily got in the district? – 4th Are the winters severe on the high lands? – 5th Do you think I could get employment for some time on any of the existing “Bee Farms” [illegible] as to gain some experience of the business?- If you should favor me with a reply I should be glad to have any other information on this subject you may choose to give. –

I am, Sir Yours truly Robt. Paterson



…Greenock, Scotland

Date Original

1882 Nov 13


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 22.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0934

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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