James D[avie] Butler
Madison, April 21, 1892.
John Muir, Esq.
My dear Friend,
It is too long since I have heard a syllable from you. – Let it not be longer. I give you a leaf of my life, and if I get not one of yours – shall know you have forgot – yourself. Angels must have had charge over me or I could never have survived while swinging round the circle and from Equator to mid-night sun. I have written you that Agnes joined me in London – where we spent six weeks and seven in rural Britain. The two girls and I have been all winter one trio here. – the boys and their mother another at Superior. In both groups has been health. [illegible] and we have daily “Embraced from the ends of opposed winds”. – A few articles in the Nation – have been all my publications. [illegible] Have treated in our Club. “Cities of the great Mogul”, and lectured in University on “Round the world”. But I have been mainly a book worm in the same Library you must remember – in my house and in the Capitol.
I hear you never saw Shaw’s garden in St. Louis. He gave the city more than 5 millions and 40 years of work.- It is will ordains an annual Banquet to cost $1000.[illegible] As I knew him more familiarly than most I am to speak May 19 on a toast to his memory. – My hope is to have a genial time. Yet my purpose was on first getting home never more to emerge from my hermitage. Still ["een?] in the ashes live the wonted fires” – who knows what I may do? If I ever travel again I will see more of California. – and were out my welcome with you. Nothing south of New Almaden have I seen. – Two years ago I would have lingered there but could not have believed I had started to gridle the globe till the Pacific rolled behind me.- Why dont you come and see us? Tell me of your house hold – Where will you be through the summer? No dweller on my street has dwelt here so long as I – but I try to keep in touch with the new comers.-with the young and hopeful I would feel so too. Yrs James D. Butler.
1892 Apr 21
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Butler, James Davie, "Letter from James D[avie] Butler to John Muir, 1892 Apr 21." (1892). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 162.
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