James D[avie] Butler


John Muir


Maidson, Wis. Feb. 10th 1888. John Muir, Esq.

My dear Friend.

Thanks to the post we can embrace one another from the ends of opposed winds. But we do not . Lest us close up the ranks_and the move as they grown thin.

Three years ago last October, Gen'l [Abrord?] after long palsy - passed away. Nor was it long before his wife followed. News of his death reached me in Vienna._

Joshua Jones I saw in W.Fork in July /86. He recalled your telepath- ic impulse to go in search of me. and our noncontre_ a truth stran- ger than fiction. I have published the whole adventure _ as I lay in my mind _ and wish I had your version_ of the impulse _ or [illegible] that led you to seek me _ me whom you had no reason to think to be at all on the Pacific slope.

A year ago I went south calling in Nashville and Montgomery. In Florida I often thought of you there. My sojourns were in Gainesville,

Jacksonville. Crescent City. Enterprise. Sanford. Rockledge (on Indian River) Pilaltra. Silver Springs. _Lakeland. Tampa.

By way of Key West I went to Havana. Returning I called in Charleston. Washn N.Y. Boston and Montreal. I was gone 90 days.

Since then I have kept much at home._stydying Greek_with my Anges_ who has mad with me 1000 pags

Henry settled in Superior on the Great Lake._ as a lawyer he many adventurous tramps far West to remove a cloud from Superior titles._ The town is growing sur- prisingly._Anna has gone there to keep house for him._His brother Jamie long in town is about removing to Superior. They say it is too warm here though the mercury this winter has here solidified.

My wife is in far better health than for years._and joins me in vivid remembrances and warm regards.

At our annual meting I gave an address on the most noted scot we have had Alexander Mitchell_which I will send youas soon as I become sure of your whereabouts._ I enclose you a letter that just now greets me from another Scot.

James D. Butler.



Madison, Wisc.

Date Original

1888 Feb 10


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 20.5 cm.

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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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