James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


Madison, Wis. Xmas 1886

John Muir Esq.

My dear Friend, of old, and of always.

You are not dead, or deaf, or dumb._ Your statistics are good._ but all sticks are dry, _ or distasteful_ save sticks of candy.+

Enclosed I place my accounts of our [illegible] in the Yosemite._ which I think still the most notable inistance of Telepathy as yet known to me Pray write out for me your memory of your impressions which led you to come down into the valley seeking me._ They ought to be records in your own words.

I also want a word of your Yellowstone route. So I wrote, I was there in '83.

Would that you were eating Xmas with us today. We have but one of our four at home,_ Agnes_ the youngest - and concentrating all the best of chore before. The oldest railing in Iowa. Henry is at Superior on Lake Superior - where he is doing well as a lawyer, _ and yet also remains scholarly.

My older daughter, Anna, has been visiting both her brothers. _ and yet is now with the young lady who went abroad with her and me.

I am still a bookworm, and get dart out of my due sometimes. In the heats was two months near Boston, NYork, or in my native Green Mts.

Thank God we all remain well. and my wife's health is better than for many years._

But tell me something of your household. wife. children. _ plans. prospects._ WHen shall we see you here? Why dont you see Mrs Cobb, my wife's sister_ still resident in San Jose?-

This "blessed world" you call it, and so do I._ I have just read an hour's paper before our Quinquaginto club - on "our Composite nationality" - holding that all is working together for good. and showing how.

With memories and hopes! Heaven have you in its grace! James D. Butler.



Madison, Wisc.

Circa Date

1886 [Dec 25]


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 19.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0746

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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