James D[avie] Butler
My wife came here last year and was so well. that she came up again 8 weeks ago. - Jamie is in the office here - My Madison house is closed for the summer and the two daughters are here housekeeping for us. Nowhere such air -[all osone] and skies [of matchless gorgeousness in clouds) - waterview grander than Madison with bolder shores. Two books I brought, 1. the Iliad which I ran through in 16 days - 15690 lines. Turning from Greek to Italian, - I have read 2/3 of Dante. These morning-stars few nowadays get up early enough to see. I have told you my manner of life, and that hoping you will do likewise. You know that Jones with whom you found me died last year. It is only two years since I met him in N.Y. and we always talked of you. So did Alvord. How many have I loved and lost! But I rejoice in light beyond the dark valley! yr friendJames D. Butler01372
1889 Jul 30
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 06, Image 0211
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