Creator

James D[avie] Butler

Recipient

John Muir

Transcription

Superior, July 30, '94

John Muir.

My dear Friend.

How do I account for your sepulchral silence? You have gone to rescue Sheldon Jackson who, as I have noted, was stranded on some furthest shore while jeoparding his life as the apostle of the Aleuts. But you ought to be home by this time, from an enterprise like Stanley's plunge to bring up livingston from the depths of darkest Africa.
I am just landed here after an Itinerarium ecstaticum. As asked by the Am. Ant. Soc. of which since Bancroft's death I am among the half-dozen of longest standing. I addressed them at their Boston annual. I talked about a long-lost Journal of the Lewis and Clark overland. Interviews, which I had long desired with Winthrop, Holmes, and Norton. I had. My after-calls were many, in Wellesley, Natick, Worcester, Charlemont, Norwich, Brooklyn, Kinderhook, Bennington, Rutland, Woodstock, Burlington, Essex, etc. In all and in many more, I found old friends.--our here and there upon the rest abyss.--and thanks to youthful memories--we rejuvenated.

01833

The Green Mts. are not sublime--but they are charming. Lake George which I went through for the 4th time.--I know not where it has a rival in islets multitudinous.
In Ohio I had a week with a sister five years my senior. Yet her hair is abundant and retains its natural color. After a Detroit visit with a friend made on the Nile in 1868.--I steamed hither on a steamer no whit behind the 24 which bore me round the globe. In electrics it is in advance of whatever was possible till these last years. Often have I made excursions on this chiefest among our ten thousand unsalted sea, but never before have I laid behind me all its 302 miles of length.
All my children are here. Here we abide till the heated term is over. Henry remembers with gratitude your early mouldings, and regrets that his visit to Everett was on flying wings.--which made it impossible to find you out. Let us hope the rebellion of the members against the belly is over.--and that no hand will say to the head, "I have no need of thee.

Very regardfully yrs.

James D. Butler.

Location

Superior [Wisc.]

Date Original

1894-07-30

Source

Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir08_0343-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 0343

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Pages

2 pages

Share

COinS
 
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.