W[illiam] P. Gibbons
Alameda 4/7. 1896
I had mentally appropriated last Monday to the pleasurable recreation of making a visit to your household, but the weather said hay. & so I kept count in the house, that being a safe & comfortable refuge. And now, if external conditions will coexist with internal inclination, you will find me on the train of next Monday morning: if so I will telepgraph at 16 K St. Station. Meantime, by virtue of my August position aas chairman of the section of Indigenous botany & half a dozen other tact appendages, of the Med. Soc. of the State of Cal. - Officer more imposing in title than in fact - I have written a report for the annual meeting to be held in Los Angeles on 18th prox. entitled. "On the Origin & Distribution of Forest Trees of the Pacific Coast," wherein I have indulged in some profound remarks which bear some resemblance to a hyperbolic curve, which is constantly tending towrad a central point without ever getting there. In this connexion I have wrought in your gigantean name, to corroborate a theory, & have taken your statement as published in the Proc. of the Am. Assoc. 1870. of the extent & lo-
calities of the groups of Sequoria gigantia, & your opinion that the tree had its origin near or at its present habitat, Not from migrations; & that the genus was sure to be obliterated, more from special causes than from any natural agencies. now, if you have had occaion to modify your views on this subject I wish you to let me know during the present week as my paper will be sent to Sacramento on Saturday or Sunday next, to be forwarded to the Sec. & reaad by on Parkinson as I can't afford to attend the convention this season. Should it so happen that I can retain it a few days longer, I will bring the document up & set you to target shooting at its mucleus; of course, the subject is too vast & intricate to be disposed of tru one paper, & I will go on to commence others on the same subject, as may may often. With many kind regards to the entire family I am
Very truly Yours
1896 Apr 7
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Gibbons, William P., "Letter from W[illiam] P. Gibbons to John Muir, 1896 Apr 7." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 25.
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