[John Muir]


James Davie Butler


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Apr.26, '05.James Dear Davie Butler:With all my heart I congratulate you on your 90long happy whirls through the starry heavens, all of them serene and beautiful like the stars themselves.How well you have borne the burden of joy and grief,heat and cold of your 90 year day. and in the midst of it all going again and again round the world like a moon. Surely few lives have been happier than yours, always doing, some good,radiating smile-beams through dark and light, steadfast and true like a tree in all sorts of weather and fortune. Happy man! Good luck to you for the remaining years and for the yearless life beyond.Ever your faithful scholar, admirer and friend,[John Muir]You inquire about Burbank -- strange to say I never met him. He had been busy in one field, I am another. Nevertheless I long ago recognized him at a distance as a rare man, a genius from his marvellous industry and insight in making flowers and fruits. Now his fame has gone abroad over the world and even his immediate Santa Rosa neighbors are beginning to know him.[Above letter inscribed, in Muir's handwriting,"Copy letter of J.M. to Prof. Butler][Envelope containing this letter inscribed, in Muir's handwriting, "One of my last letters to Prof. Butler, Madison, Wis."]


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1905-04-26 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

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Reel 15, Image 0400

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