[James Davie] Butler
Martinez Sep. 1, 1889.
My dear old friend Prof. Butler,
You are not forgotten but I am stupidly busy, too much so to be able to make good use of odd hours in writing. All the year I have from fifteen to forty men to look after on the ranch besides the selling of the fruit, & the editing of Picturesque California & the writing of half of the work or more. This fall I have to contribute some articles to the Century magazine so you will easily see that I am laden. It is delightful to see you in your letters with your family & books & glorious surroundings. Every region of the world that has been recently glaciated is pure & wholesome & abounds in fine scenery & such a region is your northern lake
country. How gladly I would cross the mountains to join you all for a summer if I could get away. But much of my old freedom is now lost though I run away right or wrong at times. Last summer I spent a few summer months in Washington Terr studying the grand forests of Puget Sound & then climbed to the summit of Mt Rainier about 15000 feet high over many miles of wildly shattered & crevassed glaciers. Some twenty glaciers flow down the flanks of this grand icy cone most of them reaching the forests ere they melt & give place to roaring turbid torrents. This summer I made yet another visit to my old Yosemite home & out over the mountains at the head of the Tuolumne River. I was accompanied by one of the editors of the Century & had a
delightful time. When we were passing the head of the Vernal Falls I told our thin subtle spiritual story to the editor. In a year or two I hope to find a capable foreman to look after this ranch-work with its hundreds of tons of grapes pears cherries etc & find time for book writing & old time wanderings in the wilderness. I hope also to see you ere we part at the end of the day. You want my manner of life. Well in short I get up about six o'clock & attend to the farm work. go to bed about 9 & read until midnight. When I have a literary task I leave home shut myself up in a room in a San Francisco hotel. go out only for meals & peg away awkwardly & tortuously until
the wee sma hours of thereabouts working long & hard & accomplishing little. During meals at home my little girls make me tell stories, many of them very long, continued from day to day for a month or two. Did I send you my girls' pictures? If not I will. Will you be likely to come again to our side the continent? how I should enjoy your visit. To think of little Henry an Alderman! I am glad that you are all well & all together [Greek?] & [illegible] holds you in health I read & read your Butler family with much interest & ought to have said so & thanked you long ago. With love to Mrs. Butler & Henry James the girls & thee old friend
I am ever Your friend John Muir
1889 Sep 1
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [James Davie] Butler, 1889 Sep 1." (1889). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1856.
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