James Davie Butler


John Muir


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What do you know about Mrs. Carr? It is said that she is in a Frisco insane asylum, but no particulars have come to my hearing.My river has been a smooth-sliding current without a rapid or a mummur. Still I have been studious in my way. Two reviews the Nation has now on hand, one on Alex. Henry--1000 - 14 fur-trading from Superior to the Pacific. and True stories of Indian captives from New England to Canada 1677-1760Agnes & co. - and Anna for seven weeks caring for household sublunaries, have left me in perfect peace in my ideal study. Many languages have blotted out the curse of Babel. My last craze is Anglo-Saxon, the study of my second childhood to which I dedicate every minute of day-light, and maintain that it is the only thing now worth living for. It is to acquaint myself with the tongue of my ancestors 1000 years ago, so that as soon as I enter heaven I can understand their exposition of my descent etc. Super-octogenarianicallyJames Davie Butler.


Madison, Wisc.

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Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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