John Muir


James Davie Butler


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[5?] Martinez, CaliforniaJuly 20, 1904.Dear James Davie Butler,Yosemite Magnet:In all my life , now growing long, no other psychological X ray has proved so strong as that shot from yourself as you entered Yosemite 35 years ago, which, as you know, suddenly awakened me from contemplation of the landscape on the top of North Dome & pulled me down to you over rocks & brush by a way I knew not. This to me is still a prime marvel; but I do not marvel that you still walk the earth. For with temperance & tough, inherited strength however hard you have worked & however often you have had to wipe hot sweat from your brow, as you were doing when I found you at Liberty Cap Rock,- your work has been not the killing but the preserving kind, while


Martinez, Calif.

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1904-07-20 00:00


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