John Muir


[John Muir]


[James David] Butler


[May 1903]

I hope Anna is better

My dear Friend Professor Butler

[in margin: 763]

I am delighted to see you again in a full telling letter. How sane & noble & rich in good works has been your long bright whole life! It has been for me a light in all my lonely wanderings, a refreshing & joyful spring, & every added year is a blessing to circle beyon circle of true life scholars & lovers [illegible] I glory in your strength


It is now 34 yrs since I felt your telepathic touch when I sat sketching on the top of the Yo North Dome. After the Presidents trip I mean to start on a trip round the O for a glimpses of other lands & seas & skies. Give my love to your girls & boys. I [used?] to know them so well, & I must see you again or as your say "at least hunt you up in the life beyond" for I am ever faithfully your [scholar?]


[Martinez, Calif.]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0518

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