John Muir


Peter L. Trout


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(2)do you any good. That your health is good is of itself a grand foundational blessing that you should make the most of. As for my laugh over your celestial theory of the origin of gold that is nothing. I too suppose that the gold & every other mineral was at one time in our star's history a float in the sky But if you consider how completely the gold regions of the North were covered with slow crawling down grinding in & how far the waste of [demidation?] is carried, in some cases hundreds of miles, even the heavy gravels & boulders while the finer particles are carried thousands of miles in rivers & ocean currents & the winds ere they come to rest in beds, then you will have less difficulty in accounting for the wide distribution of gold even in regions where the bed rocks are barren. You are no doubt right in your theory of the formations of


Martinez, Calif.

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Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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