John Muir


[James Davie] B[utler]


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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]


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

[ca. 1900]


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 0505

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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