W[illiam] P. Gibbons
Alameda 8/23, 1887Dear JohnI am apprised from a lady friend in the east, that she has given a letter of intro- duction to [stricken words "me from"] Alfred R Wallace, the celebrated English scientist, who will arrive in S.F. to-day. I have written to to him, inviting him to lunch on Thursday; to ride up to the Red Wood grave yard in the PM & to be a guest of the Bartle- by Club in the evening. Now I want you to come down & join us without fail. If you can come Wednesday evening & stop over night, all the better
01266There is a serene atmosphere nowades the moral & intellectual world, which will be highly conducive to your general health. The proper way to treat English scientific Darwinian Metaphysician is to lend them a pair of convex lenses so that they can see further backwards into the problems of nature, while we lead them over new ground of exploration. If by any possi bility you cant come, send me a note immediately, so that I may substitute - unwillingly - some other scientific - I was going to say cuss, but I wont. If Wallace has preengaged him self we can have our own time. With kind regards to your wife & the doctors family I am very truly yoursW. P. Gibbons
1887 May 23
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.
Gibbons, William P., "Letter from W[illiam] P. Gibbons to John Muir, 1887 May 23." (1887). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1718.
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