James [Davie] Butler


John Muir


[letterhead] 518

Madison, April 15 ‘93

My John Muir.

My dear Friend. You will no doubt see Chicago, and I want you to see me and mine. Am sorry you have told me nothing of your late adventures. Can it be that you, like me, have turned your walking-stick into a stake? I have supped full of travel, and now seem to be [illegible] with going to and fro in the earth. No journey save to St. Louis to address a club on Phases of witticism. My girls, - long broken down after their Mother’s death, at last found in Chicago a mighty healer. – For three months I have now rejoiced over their recuperation.

A new book is sent me every month for review by The Nation. So I am pulled into the present. But looking backward to see where the present came from is my passion. The greek chroniclers that have so long walked hand in hand with time are my food, and feast as well.- But old correspondents it is my grief that so few of them can write any more. Especially do I lack them in the house of my childhood.- for others as well as I ran away from the native nest. You will see nature here as it was – but art has added what it could. Henry puts in a day here about once a month With memories and hopes

James D. Butler.



Madison, [Wisc]

Date Original

1893 Apr 15


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0914

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