James D[avie] Butler
I hear you never saw Shaw’s garden in St. Louis. He gave the city more than 5 millions and 40 years of work.- It is will ordains an annual Banquet to cost $1000.[illegible] As I knew him more familiarly than most I am to speak May 19 on a toast to his memory. – My hope is to have a genial time. Yet my purpose was on first getting home never more to emerge from my hermitage. Still ["een?] in the ashes live the wonted fires” – who knows what I may do? If I ever travel again I will see more of California. – and were out my welcome with you. Nothing south of New Almaden have I seen. – Two years ago I would have lingered there but could not have believed I had started to gridle the globe till the Pacific rolled behind me.- Why dont you come and see us? Tell me of your house hold – Where will you be through the summer? No dweller on my street has dwelt here so long as I – but I try to keep in touch with the new comers.-with the young and hopeful I would feel so too. Yrs James D. Butler.01571
1892 Apr 21
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 0521
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