[in margin: If you come to Wis. please bring me a 16 x 21 - in. mounted photograph of the view looking east from Glacier Rock-, a good one. Willis.]
I have been looking for either a letter from you or yourself in person. You ought to be here to enjoy over 40[degree symbol] below zero. Are hot geysers, mechanically, like force pumps? Thus:
By increase of pressure on account of accumulating steam the water level in "A" is forced down to the opening "B," and the Geyser "goes off." I have left the [course?] to the geyser for you to imagine. The more I think of it, the better satisfied I am that the present location of the Yosemite Valley was determined by [wrinklings?] and convulsions of the earth's crust long ages before the ice period. Is it not so? The Nevada Stage Co. paid me $25, for our pleasant sojourn at Copperopolis.
Regards all. Ever Yours,
Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 11 cm.
Hand, Willis, "Letter from Willis Hand to John Muir, [ca. 1890]." (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1994.
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