James D[avie]Butler


John Muir


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I could not get the copies I wantedKeep my memories but I shall be glad if you will return loving words[marginalia][letterhead]April 23, 1895John Muir.[in margin: Keep my Memories but I shall be glad if you will return loving words-I could not get the copies I wanted]Two months ago I heard some rumors of a plot to kill me on the Ides of March--with kindness. All details were however kept so secret that the surprises were manifold.Discourses might have been more deadly than daggers--dealing a slower death--But they were all short.The actors, as I told them, could not have done better, if they had performed at a real funeral and not at a rehearsal. The mayor declared the gathering ought to be in the city-hall where a whole cityfull could share, while the Gov. said that I was a legislative chaplain the Capitol was the most-fitting place. it is sweet to say with the Shunamite (2 Kings IV: 13) I dwell among mine own people. At the next club meeting I gave a surprise, namely 58 photos inserted each with my name and with some member's.01974


Madison [Wisc]

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Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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