John Muir


[James Davie] Butler


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[4]bend over & move in the wind Thirty or forty plants are in flower the [illegible] & [illegible] have been in flower more than a month For a week or more the weather has been very warm - the thermom' averaging about 85° in shade the upper snows upon all of the exposed slopes has of course melted very fast & the falls are in glorious array & utter their sublimest harmonies There is at least ten times the amount of water in the valley that there was when you were here. - for a week we have been sailing across the meadow in a boat Remember me to your wife & to all your little ones with special love to Henry I am ever most cordially yours John Muir [1] [1870] Muir May Yosemite Valley May 15thProf' Butler, Dear friend Your letter of Apr 29th reached me two days ago You seem to have the power of compelling even your letters to travel at double speed , Railroads & telegraphs were invented for men constructed in mind & body as you are. You are to be en- [illegible] Professor in thus having able to enjoy a double portion of existence as composed with mortals of average activity , We set out on our travels at the same time but how much more you have observed & how much more of work you have accomplished I thank you most devoutly for your kind letters[in margin: Snow fell here all day. This must have been a very stormy day in the higher mtns. Thermom about 36° a very sudden change]


Yosemite Valley

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[1870] May 15


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Reel 02, Image 0263

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