James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


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[3]house while you convalesce, and repeat your walks around our peerless lakes. Henry and I join with her in hopes you will so do. For several weeks past I have suffered in both lungs and liver. On one day, the only time in my nine years here, I was utterly unable to climb the University hill. My health in now much improved, and I am spending much time on books of travel hoping I may some time cross the broad water yet once more. Nothing has varied the routine of our quiet life since I wrote you before. We have a new Minister and my wife is killing herself at a festival to raise him money.[2] I know well it is one thing to reason - and quite another thing to feel as one knows he should in pain, darkness, and gloom hovering over the future. In all the blasting of your hope may you find Christ to be more precious than you right eye! Be assured He knoweth our frame, and pitieth the souls he hath made. I have now a double joy that you are known to the Merrill brotherhood, for I know that some of your sorrows will be hence alleviated. May no sympathetic evil afflict your other eye! May light dawn for you on a dishensation at first so dark! My wife bids you as you get better to come and see us, - making our house your


Madison, Wis[c.]

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1867 Mar 20


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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