John Muir


John Muir


[William C. Hendricks]



1419 Taylor St S.F. Feb 1st [1876]

Dear Senator.

I am again safe among my manuscript not the worse for my Sacramento speech. I send you herewith Mr Goodyears memorial Petetions etc on the revival of the old survey. There can no longer be any doubt concerning the kind of survey contemplated. Prof Whitney as you know was


quite eager to secure a large approp[illegible]tion last session for the publication of the Vols. herein named. Having failed he now appears to be supporting Mr Goodyear on condition that he secure the publication of his books. In any case the new survey is to be simply a revival of the old in all its essential characters, & to be in reality conducted under the auspices, & for the purposes of the old ring. I rather like the appearance

[in margin: John Muir Feb 1 1876 Geological Survey]

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of Goodyear & am sorry that I cannot heartily cooperate with him in the development of the geology of our noble state. It seems to me that in ac= =cordance with the plan proposed by yourself The new geological survey should consist in a careful sounding & measuring of our material resources – Mines, Soils, Forests, & Waters, & a study of the means by which we may be enabled to make the most of them. Economic geology before palaentology – Minerals before fossils – Wheat


& apples before Vegetable impression on stones. Not that Pal[illegible]ontology is beneath our attention but rather that in these pioneer times of plows & pick axes it is above it. Keith is well again & keenly appreciates your laborious & disinterested exertions in his behalf, & I have assured him that the exhibition of his picture in the Capital has been a great success, whether it finds itself in the Centenial Gallery or not, I am Ever Yours Cordially JM

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S[an] F[rancisco]


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