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Exhibit item: WILLIAM H. BREWER, William H. Brewer Diaries and Journals, manuscript, 1860-1864

Exhibit item:
WILLIAM H. BREWER
William H. Brewer Diaries and Journals, manuscript, 1860-1864

The pocket-sized notebook with its pencil notations is difficult to decipher, but contains Brewer's notes of the Whitney geological survey of California. Brewer elaborated on these notes for the corresponding entry in the published version.

Quotation:
WILLIAM HENRY BREWER
Up and Down California in 1860-1864, 1930

"Monday, June 23, I visited some hills alone, and sent Gabb and Hoffmann on a longer excursion back, with the mules. The event of the day was their meeting, in a narrow ravine, a large she-grizzly with a cub. Now this is the worst kind of a customer to meet, and as they came upon her very suddenly, matters did not look well. She faced them at first, scarcely thirty feet distant, then slowly retreated. They took the hint, and both parties escaped unharmed; the two bears leisurely climbing the steep bank of the ravine on one side, the geologists climbing, less leisurely by far, the steep bank on the other side."

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