John Muir


Mrs. [Annie] Bidwell


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[Page 2] it is terribly aggravating to hear one claiming the office of teacher discoursing as well and 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 slightly of a friend of mine, an old botanist who has worked lovingly and 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 Chicoensis as a discovery of his own. It was discovered and named many years ago, together with some twentyfive or thirty other cretaceous shells from the exposed beds on Chico Creek, a list of which you may find on page 210, fol. I. Cal: Geological Survey. Had a letter from Gray two weeks ago in answer to mine containing 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.


San Francisco, Calif.

Date Original

1878 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

1878 Mar 28 JM to Mrs Bidwell

File Identifier

MSS 048 John Muir Papers

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1878 Mar 28 JM to Mrs Bidwell p2


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