James D[avie] Butler
April 3, 1903.
My friend of auld lang syne.
A word of supplement to my letter of a day or two ago.
Roosevelt was here two hours 9-11 this morning and I without my knowledge had been placed on the com. of reception.
When introduced by the gov. - I said "I, Sir, introduced you when you lectured here ten years ago - and that not as of N. York not of Mass. - not of Dakota but as of the United States - He said, "I remember it well" - and I gave place to followers.
But at the final hand shake in his car - He said "I am glad to meet you again" - I answered "I am it may be the oldest of the thousands who here greet you - and of late years I have held my introduction - to have been prophetic - like the witches' words in Macbeth!
Our wisest words are often unawares. You will have a better time than with Emerson who told me how regretfully he was [torn?] away by Bostonians from camping with you under the big trees.
Regardfully James D. Butler.
1903 Apr 3
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Butler, James Davie, "Letter from James D[avie] Butler to John Muir, 1903 Apr 3." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2587.
Reel 13, Image 0392
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