James D[avie] Butler
[letterhead]Madison. Nov. 6/93John Muir, Esq.My dear Friend.We have not yet forgiven you that you did not linger longer in these scenes - fairest on both land and lake. Every step you stumbled on some fond recollection. - For many a day you would have met old friend who make the world warmer, and gained new friends who make it wider. Unless you made unexpected halts on your western way you must already have been at home long enough for your promised letters to reach us. No doubt you have something to do that was perforce left undone while you were among Alpine glaciers - but the busier your life the more need of such a recreation as I have long found letter writing to afford. The census vol. on Alaska was sent me ten days ago. It is a new departure with 74 full page plates - some of them colored. - the best map I have seen of the Muir glacier. - But thus far I do not find mention of Sheldon Jackson's nation-saving philanthropy. My account of his philanthropic endeavors, penned before you were here was printed in The [Nation?]. No. 1477.p.289.
1893 Nov 6
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