J[ames] D[avie] Butler
(Original letter in possession of Miss Mina Merrill of Indianapolis) Madison, Wis. [Wisconsin], April 26, '66. Miss Kate Merrill: Herewith let me introduce to you Mr. John Muir, sometime a student of mine here -- a worthy young man every way. He was till lately engaged as an inventor in a Canadian manufactory. But one of those fires, so epidemic in the last months, threw him out of work there. If you can walk the fields with him, you will find that Solomon could speak no more wisely about plants. Mr. Muir would be very helpful in your Mission Sabbath School or indeed, in any other. I know not that I have written you of my winter journeys. In Dec. I went with my wife and boxed the trilateral of western cities, Chicago, St. Louis, Cin[cinn]ati. In the last I was taken ill, with, jaundice, but left my wife there and hurried hone to recruit. Nor was I long out of sorts. I am in the midst of the last tern in my 8th year. Have been and am, urged -- to take the same chair in Annapolis. Doubt if I do. I may consent to spend vacation in Hartford, Conn. [Connecticut], yet hang in doubt [eûdxe µopoins!] which I may English--may you live to read through all your books. J. D. Butler
1866 Apr 26
Butler, James Davie, "Letter from James Davie Butler to Kate Merrill, 1866 Apr 26" (1866). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1190.
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