James D[avie]Butler


John Muir


I could not get the copies I wanted

Keep my memories but I shall be glad if you will return loving words



April 23, 1895

John Muir.

[in margin: Keep my Memories but I shall be glad if you will return loving words-
I could not get the copies I wanted]

Two months ago I heard some rumors of a plot to kill me on the Ides of March--with kindness. All details were however kept so secret that the surprises were manifold.
Discourses might have been more deadly than daggers--dealing a slower death--But they were all short.
The actors, as I told them, could not have done better, if they had performed at a real funeral and not at a rehearsal. The mayor declared the gathering ought to be in the city-hall where a whole cityfull could share, while the Gov. said that I was a legislative chaplain the Capitol was the most-fitting place. it is sweet to say with the Shunamite (2 Kings IV: 13) I dwell among mine own people. At the next club meeting I gave a surprise, namely 58 photos inserted each with my name and with some member's.


Anna was here till three weeks ago. She then went to Superior. Her last letter describes her evening reading of your delectable mountains to her brothers.
you know my outlooks--south through the Av. to the noble dome, north across the nobler lake, and East upon the [G?]ilas grove. Inside I am always mixing new books and old, each exalting each.
The legislature voted $180,000 to build a fire-proof for our Lib. etc.--on ground freely given--just north of the stone house (De Forest's) at the foot of University hill. All for us--not for the Univ.
I have not only preached several times, but have lectured in the University--the last flare up of the candle."
What I most thank God for is ability to read or write all my waking hours--and friends on every side who make Madison as sweet to my soul as in its first verdure it is restful to the eye.
The grace of Heaven. Before, behind us, and on either hand, enwheel us round!


James D. Butler


Madison [Wisc]

Date Original

1895 Apr 23


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 0949

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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