James Davie Butler
Madison,MArch 13, '05Monday Evening.John MuirMy dear Friendfor a generation backward and for countless more to come.Last week I read in the MArch No. of the Century of Burbank's Miracles which had before been hid from my eyes - At once I began to [blazon?] abroad the revelation which had flashed upon me like the lightening which unfolds heaven and earth ere one can say "it lightens" -Others' eyes I soon found had sooner than mine felt the scales falling from their lids - yet no one had seen so much as not to make greater eyes as he opened the Century - and saw its promise of more.Lancaster where Burbank I find was b. in 1845 - is not far from Andover, and I had preached there myself as early as 1841. - and in that village high school was all B's academics. - A new proof that genius as in Burns, Bunyan, and Shakespeare penetrates to truths deeper, higher, wider than can be taught. We cannot say "Pity it lacks instructions for it shows itself a master to all who teach" what humanitarian uses of Carnegie's bounty to make cactus the cure all of India famine.Do write me of your relations to B. when you begin to know him. - How often you meet - what you judge his crowning achievement, - what new work he will explore? Who else is second only to him?03548
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