Louie [Strentzel Muir]
be long remembered "Over the Muir [illegible] the heather" The heather is just coming into bloom & it is glorious. Wish I could camp in it a month. All the scenery is interesting but nothing like Alaska or California in grandeur. Tomorrow Im going back to Edinburgh & next morning intend to start for Norway. Where I will write Possibly I may not be able to catch the boat but guess i will. Thence Ill return to Edinburgh & then go to Switzerland. Love to all Dear Wanda & Helen here is some bell heather for you. Ever yours J.M.
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Oban July 22, 1893
Dear Louie- I stayed about ten days at Dunbar, thinking I should not slight my old home & cousins. I found an extra cousin in Dunbar - Jane Mather that I had not before heard of & she is one to be proud of as are the Lunams. I also found a few of the old schoolmates now gray old men Older looking I think & grayer than I though I have led so hard a life. I went with Maggie Lunam to the old schoolhouse where I was so industriously thrashed
half a century ago. The present teacher Mr Dick got the school two years after I left & has held it ever since. He had been reading the Century & was greatly interested I dined with him & at table one of the guests said "Mr Dick dont you wish you had the immortal glory of having whipped John Muir. I made many short rips into the country, along the shores, about the old castle etc. Then I went back to Edinburgh, & then to Dumfries Burns country for some years - & where I found another cousin Susan Gilroy with whom I had a good time. Then I
went through Glasgow to Sterling where I had a charming walk about the castle & saw the famous battlefield Bruce & Wallace's monuments etc. - & glacial action. This morning I left Sterling & went to Callander thence to [illegible]aid by coach & boat by the Trossaks & Loch Katrim - thence through Loch Larmond & the Mts to a railroad & on to this charming Oban. I have just arrived This day on [Loch?] Katrine & Lomond & the drives through the passes & over the mountains made famous By Scott in the Lady of the Lake will
Oban, N. B. [Scotland]
1893 Jul 22
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1893 Jul 22." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 958.
Reel 07, Image 1206
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