N. D. Stebbins


John Muir


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I thought these extracts would interest you if you had not seem them - Now I want you to find if possible about the time of the Oolitic period some evidences of the deposits of [coral deleted] cretaceous coral reefs - If any where I should look in the neighborhood of San Luis Obispo where those monstrous marine shells are found - If I can remember I am old fellow & it is not uncommon to find old fools at the present day - The words underscored are found in Prof. Danas' work - I see by an extract from the Occident a San Francisco religious paper Prof Agassiz is now or has been in Cal. if so you will see him. I was amused on reading a criticism (from the same paper copied in our eastern journals) on the reception of Prof Agassiz. I will enclose it perhaps you may not have met with it. If you ever meet with dear old friends Prof & Mrs Carr - give them my best love I feel anxious to know how far Agassiz agrees with your theory of the origins of the canons in the Pacific slope. As I said in my last Moses like I must be content to look on- but you Joshua like be of good [underlined: courage] & [underlined: strong] & the good Lord bless you & fill you with knowledge both of Himself - & Nature Coudersport, Potter Co. Pa. Oct 4 / 72My good friend Muir I have just finished the rading of Mr. Dana's new work on "Corals & Coral Islands". He closes up the work by giving his "Geological Conclusions" I was so amused in seeing how he like the Ann Arbor Prof. (Winchell) in his work on "Footsteps of Creation" had been misled by Whitney I left I must give you the benefit thinking you may not as yet met with the work so recently pub lished to the world. The Prof. (Dana) gives what he thinks must have been a subsidence in some portion of the Pacific - among others - one he thinks was six thousand miles in length & twenty-five hundred wide reaching from the Sandwich to the Friendly Group [illegible] This subsidence was in progress in all probability during the Glacial era - there origin runs back into the Tertiary[in margin: Will you attend the scientific assn which meets in S.F.? Yours [truly?] N. D. Stebbins]


Coudersport, Penn.

Date Original

1872 Oct 4


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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