Artifacts & Documents: Manuscripts

Benjamin Silliman's Letter to Edward Hitchcock, April 4, 1825

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Benjamin Silliman encourages Edward Hitchcock to accept a position at Amherst College. He compliments Orra Hitchcock on drawings provided for Edward's article for his journal and wishes to honor her by adding her name and date to the engraving plate. Silliman also speaks of his journal's potential success in England, but fears that his health might not be strong enough for the efforts needed to see it through. He alludes to a remark made in his journal by the Scottish-American geologist William Maclure, but unfortunately he leaves no description, saying merely that the cause of our woes is ignorance of moral duty.

Benjamin Silliman
April 4, 1825
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library