Wm H. Mills
CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD Co.
ROOM NO. 26, - 4TH FLOOR.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22nd.'97
John Muir Esq.
Martinez , Cal.
My dear Mr Muir:-
I answer in this your esteemed favor of March 21st. We cannot in the little book we are going to print expect to tell much on any subject. We cannot elaborate. If a dozen sentences on the subject of the geological formation of this State could be formulated by some one acquainted with it, it would answer the purpose. We are not going to try to instruct the people who cone to us from the East in the geology of California in a techinical way. What we want to say to them is in answer to any question they might ask which could be answered by very general statements.
I trust therefore very sincerely that you will reconsider your determination not to treat the subject of geology and will give you more space. I accept with much pleasure your kind offer to write something on the scenic features of California The contributors to this little book are all ,or nearly all, eminent men, and we want to, present it to our Eastern visitors as merely a sketch of the subjects treated from the standpoint of the best intelligence. I therefore urge upon you a reconsideration of your determination. Please let me hear from you and oblige.
Yours very truly
San Francisco [Calif.]
1897 Mar 22
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Mills, William H., "Letter from Wm H. Mills to John Muir, 1897 Mar 22." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2220.
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