but he was determined to find me, declaring with lecture emphasis that there was non in Cala he was so eager to meet as Muir. After weather & compliments came evolution, rather loose & uncertain in statement though evidently meant to be incontrovertible, & I took a kind of half praise half blameworthy satisfaction in rolling blocks in his way, not that I would in any way oppose the discovered truths of evolution for I embrace them most cordially, but it is terribly aggravating to hear one claiming the office of teacher discoursing so well & so heartlessly on the glorious creation, of God. After proceeding a while with increasing caution he at length fell to [ story-telling?] in which he was quite amusing Before the Evolution period of the evening he took occasion to speak slightingly of a friend of mine, an old botanist who has worked lovingly & well in the wild gardens of God near half a century. This of course brought on a capital indulgence of opposition for me. In your letter I would infer that the Prof claimed ammonites chicocasis as a discovery of his own. It was discovered & named many years ago, together with some twenty five or thirty other cretaceous shells from the exposed beds on Chico Creek, a list of which you may find on Page 210, Vol. 1 Cal: Geological Survey. Had a letter from Gray two weeks ago in answer to mine con= =taining notes on the Generals old favorite – Pinus ponderosa. Also a letter from your sister full of pleasant memories of our fine excursion. Ever Cordially Yours, John Muir.
1878 Mar 24
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