James Davie Butler
[letterhead]June 1, 1897John MuirMy dear Friend.It is the purpose of the faculty here to give you the degree of L L.D. at the next commencement. The idea is that it belongs to the institution where you studied so long and would gladly have studied longer, to recognize your discovery of America, that is wide areas of it that were before unknown, and that but for you would have remained so not a little longer.By the way you have noticed,--I hope without envy--the glorious advancement of your fellow apostle or missionary Sheldon Jackson - the last Moderator of the Presbyterian church. His slogan was "wild rider of the prairies"--and "big boy of the sierras"--and so he rode to glory. No doubt you will give him an ovation in Frisco as he halts to prepare for evangelizing the rein-deer-raising dwellers about your glacier, and all over Alaska. Your partnership will be more congenial than ever.02293
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