little flock, whom the skill of the wisest & most devoted physicians could not save.

As to the review, make it the recreation & refreshment of those hours when you might dwell with too much intensity in your sorrows, and do not oblige yourself to execute it any faster than you can do it both comfortably & well. Although it would be acceptable (from its importance and high interest) it is not indispensable for the next number, as I have Geological matter in abundance on hand. – Execute therefore or postpone it, just as you find it convenient.

I have spoken to Mr. Mitchill respecting the Review for the Spectator. He says that department is occupied for the next two numbers, but that he will write to you.

[torn omission] again reminded Mr Converse of the bill [torn] he promised to forward you without delay.

Mr. Finch in a recent letter desires me to express to you his thanks for the handsome notice which you have taken of his piece on tertiary formations.

I remain Dear Sir with the expression of my own and Mrs. Silliman’s kind sympathy for yourself & Mrs. Hitchcock,

Yours very truly,

B Silliman

Rev E Hitchcock