James D[avie] Butler
Henry sends you his best fellow feeling in your suffering, and only mourns that you are so far from his soothing and sympathizing words and deeds. He begs me to inclose you a photograph and a flower hoping your eyes may may bear to look on them by the time they greet you. Fearing you may not be able to read my lines I will inclose them to Miss Merrill, who has volunteered to see that they come to your ears. With prayers that the stroke now so grievous may move in the end joyous. I am, as ever, yr friend. Jas D. Butler Madison, Wis. March 20th 1867.John Muir, Esq. My dear Friend, We are with you in spirit and in sympathy. Our mutual friend, Miss Merrill has informed us of your oad, and irreparable loss. Such a stroke - like the death of a friend who is as our own soul, is beyond all consolation, beyond all thinking of with composure , beyond every thing save reflecting that such is the will of God. Incousolable we well might be did affliction comeforth of the dust and trouble spring out of the ground. But the cup our Father - our Father who is in heaven, that is infinite in all perfections, - shall we not drink it?
1867 Mar 20
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