[James Davie] B[utler]
My dear old friend Prof B
Your good kind letter & picture does my heart good. How rich & beautiful your life is. Altogether delightful & how blessed a life too has been Miss Merrills When 34 yrs ago you compelled me to know her you pushed me into one of the very best & most influential friendships of my life. Yr letter i remember was most per[illegible]ly knowing & kind knowing my weakness I was desperately shy (I am still) I went again & again to her [illegible] I could summon up courage enough to knock But Thanks to your painstaking loving kindness I soon found a home in that house. I last saw her in California 2 yrs ago When with her sister & Katherine Graydon she came to visit me at my home a noble helpful women full of [warm?] [illegible] faithful as a star, still living on in our hearts - , I wish I could see you this summer, possibly I may tho the way is not clear yet. Last summer I was in Alaska with the Harriman ex- All winter I have been [writing?] about forests [illegible]
With miserable Grippe influenza How delightful it is that you are so well & lifeful with your 4 happy children about you
May we soon meet
Ever your friend
The article in hand was delayed by the death of a friend but I hope to finish it in time for the Oct number. The next will be on the Sequoia & Gen Grant Nat Parks (perhaps two articles). To be followed by an article on irrigation Wh [it?] seems to me will make about as big a tree brush & rock book as most readers will want tho in arranging the chapters I might perhaps move add something to the Rainier & Grand Canon The Century Co have [agreed?] to As to the Alaska book I hope to get it off my hands next yr. The Century Co will allow the use of their magazine articles They promise me there will be no trouble on that score.
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [James Davie] B[utler], [ca. 1900]." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4357.
Reel 11, Image 0505
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