James D[avie] Butler
Madison, Jany 8 '95John MuirMy dear Friend.I should be writing you now even if you had not written me last Friday. It was my resolve not to write till I had wound up your Californian Bible with its closing Revelation on bees. All is now done.The book was in you an inspiration--and it inspires all who have any fraction of your communion with nature.Rocking like a baby in the tree-top (252p) you recall my experience 53 years ago when I ran like a squirrel into the main-top and higher, when the mast swung from side to side over the water--McCloud (p.259) rushes forth from the face of a cliff like the Jordan at Baneas from a spur of Mt Hermon where I camped to gaze the more on the river born full-grown. You know that as I daily circle the park and even in my study I have a taste of your squirrel studies. I see them baffling both dogs and even cats who sometimes run up a tree only to creep down abashed and chapfallen. I doubt if you know the etymology of squirrel. It is Greek [skioupos?] that is "shadow-tail"01919
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