[William C. Hendricks]
of Goodyear & am sorry that I cannot heartily cooperate with him in the development of the geology of our noble state. It seems to me that in ac= =cordance with the plan proposed by yourself The new geological survey should consist in a careful sounding & measuring of our material resources – Mines, Soils, Forests, & Waters, & a study of the means by which we may be enabled to make the most of them. Economic geology before palaentology – Minerals before fossils – Wheat & apples before Vegetable impression on stones. Not that Pal[illegible]ontology is beneath our attention but rather that in these pioneer times of plows & pick axes it is above it. Keith is well again & keenly appreciates your laborious & disinterested exertions in his behalf, & I have assured him that the exhibition of his picture in the Capital has been a great success, whether it finds itself in the Centenial Gallery or not, I am Ever Yours Cordially JM[stamped at bottom: Literary Property Rights held by the California Historical Society]
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