James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


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[in margin: Catlin's Indian portraits - are treated of on 930 pp. of a m[illegible]t Smithsonian and they are a worthy theme.][letterhead]Superior, Wis.July 30, 1889Mr John MuirMy dear Friend.How busy - or how forgetful of old friends you have grown! In the winter I mailed you a "Butler family" - a pedigree for which I watched and waited long to trace, in various lines, my first Am. ancestors; - Bates and Butler to 1635. - Harris 1631, Sigourney to 1685, etc. A dozen of my books are in the hands of experts abroad. I would fair follow my lineage beyond the nightly deep, like Syracusan Arethusa beneath the Ionian to her native Grecian fountain. But you have made no sign to show that my book has come to your hands. My family are all here. Henry came here six years ago. The growth has been great. - he is an alderman, and this very hour is away at a council meeting.


Superior, Wisc.

Date Original

1889 Jul 30


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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