W. H. Pulsifer
[in margin: Pulsefer]
[in margin: 215]
1837 Kenneth Place St Louis Nov 25/75.
My dear Sir:
I have read with much interest your article in Nov ? Harpers on “The Living Glaciers of California”, and am tempted to inquire if you have printed your views upon the curves which led to the formation of the Yo Semite Val ley — I understand you at- tribute that wonderful [underlined: ex curvation] to glacial action – I visited that interesting locality last year and having previously made myself acquainted with the theories
of Prof. Whitney and other ge- ologists I was troubled to find that a personal examination faced me to reject them en- tirely — I can easily see the great difficulties of the glacial theory but I am not enough ac- quainted with the country to the S.W. to be able to say that it is entirely inadmissible as many geologist insist — The whole of the Sierra Nevada appear’d to me to present such striking evidence of tremendous glacial action in [illegible] [illegible] and won- derfully water [ ran?] beds of old glacial[illegible], seen in the now deserted mining flats, that I shall require more evidence than I have yet met with to ind[illegible]
to lay aside impression found upon a (perhaps cu[illegible]/ ex- amination of the country. If you have primarily pub- lished anything upon the subject I shall be under great ob- ligation if you will inform me where I can find it. Pardon me [illegible] you and [ believe in?] , my dear Sir.
[ Truly sincerely?], W.H. Pulsifer
1875 Nov 25
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Pulsifer, W. H., "Letter from W. H. Pulsifer to [John Muir], 1875 Nov 25." (1875). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 328.
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