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Edward Hitchcock"s Letter to Benjamin Silliman, September 1, 1817

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In 1817, Edward Hitchcock gathered the courage to approach Benjamin Silliman with a request to identify a box of minerals that accompanied the letter. In this letter, his second, Hitchcock thanks Silliman for taking the time to help him out. Silliman had returned the minerals along with the gift of a piece of "verd antique marble," so Hitchcock felt encouraged to send more samples of local rock, including the "Chabasie" (chabazite) Silliman had asked for, and a description of greenstone. It was the beginning of a lifelong personal and professional friendship.

Edward Hitchcock
September 1, 1817
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library