James D[avie] Butler
Madison, 518 Wis. Ave.March 28, 1903.Saturday evening.John Muir,My dear Friend-How few here walk the earth whom you saw in these streets at your first coming!- All the closer do I hug those with whom my thoughts have longest brought me into communion. The "printing" I enclose will show that no c[illegible]al man now meets me - no, not one. - My boys were both with me in the holidays, and knew that on birthday I was to be monopolized by those of an outer circle - I wish you had been with us at the [Ides?].Prof. Snow had earned a sabbatical year and went broad with Agnes in June. Their ideal was realized in a sort of Bohemian honey moon, But seems right and sound made them laggards before they set foot in Italy, and Agnes wrote at Milan - "We have kept the good wine until now,- and alas! cannot stay to drink it." Snow's lectures began with Feb. - and he was on hand -But about New Years' Hanks our chief banker, and his wife Anges' sister by the higher birth appeared in Naples, saying to Anges, "Abide with us, or we must go it blind-" It was as good in Snow's eyes as hers that she should could stay.- Business soon forced Hanks to start homeward - though I have not seen him yet, But he said to Agnes [illegible]. "go where you will - and stay as long. Foot the streets - (or automobile them) - have no thought of footing bills. So Agnes is having her hearts desire, and Anna finds her cares for me medicinal for [illegible] - and is as self-forgetful as a hen scratching for one chicken.-03196
1903 Mar 28
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