Louie [Strentzel Muir]
[town?]. They were very cordial & are determined to get me away from the hotel I spent the evening there talking family affairs, [auld lang syne?] glaciers wild gardens adventures etc till after 11, then returned to the hotel. Here are a few flowers that I picked on the Castle Hill on my walk with Douglas for Helen & Wanda. I pray Heaven in the midst of my pleasure that you are all well Edinburgh is apart from its glorious historical associations far the most beautiful town I ever saw I can not conceive how it could be more beautiful. In the very heart of it rises the great castle hills glacial sculptured & wild like a bit of Alaska in the midst of the most beautiful architecture to be found in the world. I wish you could see it, & you will when the babies grow up. I think you had better send your letters hereafter to the care of the London, Paris, & American Bank Limited London, England, & I shall have them forwarded from there.
[in margin: Love to all. Hello Midge, How do you feel,[illegible] Wanda. Goodbye. J.M.]
July 6, 1893.
Dear Louie I left Liverpool Monday morning, reached Edinburgh early the same day, went to a hotel, & then went to the old book publisher David Douglas to whom Johnson had given me a letter. He is a very solemn looking dignified old Scotchman of the old school, an intimate friend & crony of John Brown who wrote "Rab & his friends", knew Hugh Millar Walter Scot & indeed all the literary men was the publisher of Dean Ramsays R[illegible] of Scothst life & character etc, He had heard of me through my writings & after he knew who I was burst forth into the warmest cordiality & became a perfect gushing fountain of fun, humor, & stories of the old Scotch writers, Tuesday morning he took me in hand, & led me over Edinburgh, took me to all the famous places celebrated in Scots novels went around the [Cotton?] Hill & the castle, into the old churches so full of
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[illegible], to Queen Marys palace museum & I dont know how many other places. In the evening I dined with him, & had a glorious time He showed me his literary treasures & curiosities, told endless [illegible] of John Brown Walter [Scot?[ & Hugh Millar etc, while I of course told my icy tales until very late or early. The most wonderful night as far as humanity is concerned I ever had in the world. Yesterday forenoon he took me out for another walk & filled me with more wonders. His kindness & warmth of heart once his confidence is gained is boundless. From feeling lonely & a stranger in my own native land he brought me back into quick & living contact with it & now I am a Scotchman & at home again In the afternoon I took the train for Dunbar & in an hour was in my own old town. There was no carriage from the Lorne Hotel that used to be our home so I took the
one from the St George that I remember well as Cossars Inn that I passed every day on my way to school. But Im going to the Lorne, if for nothing else to take a look at that dormer window I climbed in my night gown to see what kind of an adventure it really was. I sauntered down the street & went into a store on which I saw the sign Melville & soon found that the proprietor was an old playmate of mine & he was of course delighted to see me. He had been reading my articles & said he had taken great pride in tracing my progress through the far off wildernesses etc Then I went to William Comb mothers old friend, who was greatly surprised no doubt to see that I had changed in forty years. "And this is Johnie Muir! Bless me when I saw ye last ye were [nothing?] but a small mischievous lad. He is very deaf unfortunately, & was very busy I am to see him again today. Next I went in search of Mrs [Lunim?] my cousin & found her & her daughter in a very pretty home half a mile from
1893 Jul 6
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1893 Jul 6." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 952.
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