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Benjamin Silliman's Letter to Edward Hitchcock, September 12, 1844

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Benjamin Silliman remarks to Edward Hitchcock that he will soon receive a reclamation from James Deane. He reminds Hitchcock that although both Deane and he have made rejoinder statements, if they have more to say they should say it briefly and soon, as the next issue of American Journal of Science is about to be printed and it is already quite full. Silliman suggests that any further statements need to be exchanged between Hitchcock and Deane directly, as well as submitted to the journal, but to keep in mind that in his opinion, it is time for the two men to stop writing rejoinders and "surrejoinders", shake hands, and move on. Silliman also reminds Hitchcock that as editor of the journal, he needs to remain as impartial as possible.

Benjamin Silliman
September 12, 1844
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library