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In 1888 I was appointed by the State of Texas geologist in charge of the eastern section of that State and I left Canada to accept this appointment,” continue the Penrose Memoirs. “I went first to Austin, the capital of the State, to meet Mr. E. T. Dumble, who was Director of the Survey, and to prepare for my work.” The story of how young Penrose—he was at this time twenty-five years old—got the Texas appointment, is told by Robert T. Hill, long identified with Texas geology, both as a member of the Texas Survey and as professor at the University of Texas, in a personal letter to J. Stanley-Brown,* dated March 23, 1932, as follows: “I was intimately associated with Doctor R. A. F. Penrose, Jr., during the first undertaking of his scientific career, and was instrumental in procuring for him his first professional engagement as a geologist after his graduation from Harvard University. It came about as follows: With youthful enthusiasm and the backing of Major J. W. Powell, at that time Director of the United States Geological Survey, I undertook, in 1887, tne task of trying to establish a State Geological Survey in Texas and a Chair of Geology in the University of Texas at Austin. After the lobbying vicissitudes of two stormy sessions of the Legislature the Geological Survey bill was finally passed, and Major Powell was requested to recommend a suitable person for the office of State Geologist. Through sad misfortune the request reached Washington when the Major was absent on a vacation with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Nova Scotia.

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