Henry [S. Butler]
awhile and in an hour or two I found myself at work in a large steam factory, where waggon spikes, and hubs, and many other things are made. This is a large and beautiful town but not so beautiful as Madison with its lakes and hills, & blue prairies I suppose that [illegible] this your will have gathered some handful of An[illegible] and spring beauties for yourself & little Agnes, & Anna and mother. The first four days of Apr' were very warm here and made the [illegible] anemone, & [illegible]nger of spring and Dutchmans brushes, come up among the withered leaves the pop[illegible] hung out their c[illegible] more than a month ago and a large apple tree that holds its wide branches over our well here opened its blossoms last Saturday. The bluebird & [illegible] have come and sing sweetly in the woods and gardens - I dreamed a few weeks ago that was walking by a deep clear stream that flowed through a field of hay that was waving in the wind and changing in the light and all [illegible]- amented with gorgeous flowers Beautiful dream was it not? Tell me in your next about your best dream. But I must bid you goodbye I wish I could see you Henry you will be taller man and shall soon be a good scholar I fondly hope that you will be spared to become a good and useful man I feel lonesome and will look anxiously for your letter my love to your little sisters & father & mother Remember me to Allie Carr and all my friends Yours affectionately John Muir Indianapolis, Ind' Apr 22d /66My Dear little friend Henry, It is a long long time since I heard from you -, more than a year - I answered your last letter of Apr'/65 in a short time after receiving it and waited & waited to receive your next containing your photograph, but have now concluded that one of your letters must have been lost, I am truly anxious to hear from you for I never forget my little Henry and never will in all my life, and surely you will reply to this as soon as you receive it You see that I am now in Indiana - and here is the reason You know that I loved the peaceful hollow in Canada, & so I contracted
1866 Apr 22
Reel 01, Image 0806
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