Impressions from a Lost World: The Discovery of Dinosaur Footprints

Edward Hitchcock's Letter to Benjamin Silliman, December 1, 1822

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After posing questions about geological terminology and mentioning a new mineral called "Sillimanite", Edward Hitchcock ends his letter by asking for advice in balancing out or reckoning his love of botany and geology with his religious beliefs and pursuits. He wonders if he is "worshipping idols" with his scientific pursuits and asks Benjamin Silliman if there is "such a thing as pursuing them with a supreme reference to the glory of God." 

Edward Hitchcock
December 1, 1822
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library