W. H. Pulsifer


[John Muir]


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of Prof. Whitney and other ge- ologists I was troubled to find that a personal examination faced me to reject them en- tirely — I can easily see the great difficulties of the glacial theory but I am not enough ac- quainted with the country to the S.W. to be able to say that it is entirely inadmissible as many geologist insist — The whole of the Sierra Nevada appear’d to me to present such striking evidence of tremendous glacial action in [illegible] [illegible] and won- derfully water [ ran?] beds of old glacial[illegible], seen in the now deserted mining flats, that I shall require more evidence than I have yet met with to ind[illegible]to lay aside impression found upon a (perhaps cu[illegible]/ ex- amination of the country. If you have primarily pub- lished anything upon the subject I shall be under great ob- ligation if you will inform me where I can find it. Pardon me [illegible] you and [ believe in?] , my dear Sir. [ Truly sincerely?], W.H. Pulsifer


…St. Louis

Date Original

1875 Nov 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0353

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