James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


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Ever since you were here-I have loved the home as much as I had before loved to wander. - [Lib.?] and [illegible]. have grown as in a perpetual spring time - and I have had no sickness except old age - Mrs. Adams and wife, our best of friends - have died where you live - and left their all to our institutions. - Work on the ca[illegible]gie has already begun, - close by the Oark, - my corner.I see you are to do for Roosevelt what you would gladly have done for me in 1869. - and what nobody but you could do or can. - In some camp you will tell him how you found me, - and perhaps get some match for it from him. - telepathy!He will be here next Fri. - but barely two hours. - and politicians will hedge him about. - In 1893, he came here in Jan'y and I caught him brow[illegible]ing among the stacks of Dutch books in a back room or garret - thinking him a man I had seen hanging about the legislature for a job as our [porter?] I thought he had gotten the place - and so with a hand-shake said to him; "So you're a going to stop with us!" - "Yes", said he, "but not so long as I would be glad to, etc" - He did not discover my mistake. - We invited him to lecture under our auspices, in the Capitol - and I -(then acting Pres. of the Hist. Soc.)- introduced him - My words - suggested by his vagabondage, - were as prophetic as the witches to Macbeth. - "Mr R. not of Mass. nor of N. York - nor of Dakota - but of the United States-!" He began with special thanks for such a send-off.My ability to walk and talk for six hours day after day was what I chiefly thank god for on entering the year next-to my ninet[illegible] - May you live as much longer than I [as?] you are most useful. Come and see me!-or at least look me up in the life beyond in a region contrasted with that liberty cap of 1869 as much as that does with the platitudes here.Regardfully!James D. Butler.


Madison [Wisc.]

Date Original

1903 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0342

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