James D[avie] Butler
Madison,July 9, 1900.John Muir. My dear Friend.It is too long that I have read no written syllable of yours - and know not but you are now a humanitarian missionary in China. - not with blood and thunder. The death of Catharine Merrill brings back many a memory - and those all [precious?], which you and I have in common. - I am looking for the letter to me you dictated to her de profundis where all skill in surgery seemed unable to save your eyes. - What a noble career to the very end. - How "the idea of her life doth sweetly creep" Much Ado. IV.1.229. Letters full of heart come to me from her scholars. Last Wed. was the centennial of my college, Middlebury. - I had engaged to be there and speak on some matters well-known to me - "but for some preventing Providence - This Providence came at the eleventh hour in the combined [vetos?] of daughter and Doctor - who convinced me that my assurance that I could make the journey, etc. was the best proof that I could not. You know that if I must be hemmed in - there is no St. Helena less exasperating than mine. not even that of the [illegible] of the [Vatican?].
1900 Jul 9
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
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