[James Davie] B[utler]
02464My dear old friend Prof BYour good kind letter & picture does my heart good. How rich & beautiful your life is. Altogether delightful & how blessed a life too has been Miss Merrills When 34 yrs ago you compelled me to know her you pushed me into one of the very best & most influential friendships of my life. Yr letter i remember was most per[illegible]ly knowing & kind knowing my weakness I was desperately shy (I am still) I went again & again to her [illegible] I could summon up courage enough to knock But Thanks to your painstaking loving kindness I soon found a home in that house. I last saw her in California 2 yrs ago When with her sister & Katherine Graydon she came to visit me at my home a noble helpful women full of [warm?] [illegible] faithful as a star, still living on in our hearts - , I wish I could see you this summer, possibly I may tho the way is not clear yet. Last summer I was in Alaska with the Harriman ex- All winter I have been [writing?] about forests [illegible]
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.
Reel 11, Image 0505
The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html
University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.
John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle