James D[avie] Butler
March 15 1886
John Muir, Esq.
My dear Friend.
It is too long since I have heard from you - longer than I would formerly have believed possible.
Some outline of my life I send you, and am confident I shall have yours in return and that right early. I live here, just as when you were last here. and have all the same family. My boys are both away. Jamie in Iowa railroading._Henry at Superior on the Great Lakes. _ a lawyer and building up a city. "Hatching [illegible] empires." My wife is no more an invalid.
Twice have I been abroad._taking Anna on one journey and Agnes on another. We returned on the Oregon-[illegible] yesterday. _when the Northern Packcig opened I was at Portland._ and then went on into British Columbia. _The same season four of us slept 3 nights on the tentless ground among the Yellowstone geysers._It is but about a year since I last returned from Europe._and that year I have been studious here.
Greek and Shakespeare are my special pets._but just now I have a cruse for ascettaining the true inwardness of famous Bridger_the great pathsfinger from the Missouri is thr [illegible] . Tell me some char- actristic incident about him.
The deaths of my life-long friend Gen Alwood I heard of when I was lingering in Vienna._
I was with Emerson who told me of his forsaking you at the Big Trees_which his party had enough of before your wonder had been fairly roused.
Give us now a leaf of your life..Tell me of wife. nice ones. in troubles.writings and studies. When shall we see you here again? Art here has advanced,_Nature could not.
It is not a year since Kate Merrill to whom I introduced you in Indianapolis_but we ought to write offe ner.
Today I am 71 years old._but am so well, that I must compute the age I cannot feel._With memories and hopes. yrs. James D. Butler.
1886 Mar 15
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 19.5 cm.
Butler, James Davie, "Letter from James D[avie] Butler to John Muir, 1886 Mar 15." (1886). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1670.
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