John Muir


[James Davie] Butler


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Martinez Feb. 18th 1888.Prof. Butler, My dear old friend steadfast & true. I am delighted to see that with steady heart & hand you can still seek & find the friends who love you. No sloth, no rust. Still pegging away at Greek by the thousand pages & getting from side to side of the continents & seas with the gazing ardor & enthusiasm of Youth Happy man. Ever deep in the blessedness of action, & so ever Young; the light of Youth & the light of age & the light of all the years between blending together into one serene glow, & like the sunshine of a summer day becoming more beautiful more divine as the evening draws near.And Mrs Butler is "in far better health than [in?] years" and all the children are well and the boys regard frozen mercury as a warning that they must seek a colder climate


Martinez [Calif.]

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1888 Feb 18


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