[James Davie] Butler
Most of my strength has suddenly returned I am well now; but tears of gratitude come at the remembrance of your kind words, and I will not forget them. The eye is not entirely lost - it still occupies its home - is not very much altered in appearance - and can look out in cloudy day. For some days all sight was gone, and my first physician said that it would not return, but a little has come, and though from its indistinctness it is of comparatively little use I prize it beyond telling and cling to the hope that
possibly more and clearer light may come to it hereafter. Now that my mind has returned, I feel that this cup is from our Father, and is given in love. I thank you for your invitation to Madison I long to see you & yours and Mrs Carr, and your dear lakes & flowers, but I think it is improbable that I shall leave Ind - this summer. I was sorry to hear of your sickness - I trust that you will gather that harvest of knowledge which is beyond the atlantic. May God bless your ab- undant labors -
Ind'p'l's Apr 27th
Dear friend, Your message of sympathy & cheer came in my deepest need, when I was lost - lost in the darkness of that terrible valley which has gashed my life in tovain from side to side - I was weak in mind as in body - all of my lessons of forti- tude were forgotten - the comforts of religion did not come to me, be- cause my mental powers were stricken down, - all that my spiritual ap- petite craved wad sympathy and of this your letter was full
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to James Davie Butler, 1867 Apr 27" (1867). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1236.
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