James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


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2now the patriach. No man has been there so long. - no woman but Mrs [Vilas?]. Most of the housesalso have risen since I settled there. Death has struck all around us while we have borne charmed lives. My wife has here become so well that she has already gone to N. England with our Anna. As, all last year, she seemd in the jaws of death, her rejuvenation is a miracle in our eyes. You must tell me the names and ages of your girls and all about their Mother of whom you have not written me one word. Doubtless you think me informed of a deal of your history that is unknown to me.013783I think that you have likenesses of my girls since they have grown to womanhood. If not, I shall be glad to send them. I would like to see your slope again. - and indeed my stomping-ground in all the continents. Nor am I too poor for such a tramp. Could either of my girls go with me I should be off at once. But one feels tied to her mother - the other to her brothers. I say to them daily. "Quarrel! Turn your backs on each other. Then you will marry, and give hope to continuators of Butleriana. Cease to sit like cherubims that shadowed the mercy-seat: gazing at each other in mutual admiration!


Superior, Wis

Date Original

1889 Sep 20


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0255

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