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Title: Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Duncan Cameron, December 28, 1835: Electronic Edition.
Author: Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Duncan Cameron, December 28, 1835
Author: Elisha Mitchell
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Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Duncan Cameron, December 28, 1835
Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857

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Chapel Hill Dec. 28th 1835

To Duncan Cameron Esq.
Pres. of the Executive Committee

Dear Sir,

I inclose a letter I received yesterday from Dr Griscon of New York, resident as it seems at this time in Philadelphia. On the third page of the letter I have copied an advertisement that appeared in the last number of the American Journal of Science and the Arts. On reading that I wrote to Dr. Griscon asking of him information respecting the sum for which he would dispose of his cabinet and the letter inclosed is his reply.
My title here is "Professor of Chemistry Mineralogy and Geology.["] The second of these sciences can be taught only by means of specimens and for enabling the Professor to teach it the University has made no purchases of minerals whatever. For the department of Geology a purchase to the amount of fifteen dollars was made by Dr Caldwell in Switzerland. The business has been carried on by means of such specimens as we have been able to pick up or purchase for ourselves.
If the committee should not consider themselves safe in making an appropriation for this object, I am so little satisfied with our present means of instruction in this department, that, if they will consent to devote the sum necessary for the purchase of Dr Griscon's Cabinet or some

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other of equal goodness to the supply of our wants in this particular I will most cheerfully consent to have an amount equal to the interest of the sum so employed deducted from my own salary — so that no alteration should be made in the amount of ways and means actually at their disposal
I should consider myself as sufficiently repaid by the superior precision and accuracy given to my own knowledge and the advantages afforded the students.

I am very Respectfully

Elisha Mitchell

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232 Arch Street Philada

12 mo 19th 1835

Esteemed Friend

Having resided in this city during the last 6 weeks, there has been some delay in the attention which I should otherwise have paid to the contents of thy letter.
My Cabinet of Minerals has been estimated to be worth, as minerals sell in this country, from 1500 to 1800$. It contains many specimens of rare value, not merely from their rarity & beauty but from their history. Many of them have the labels in the autographs of Phillips , Haüy, Gay Lussac &c.
The lowest price that I have yet offered the collection at is $1500. There have been hitherto but few applications, & rather than keep it long on hand, I am willing to reduce the price to $1250. This is as low as I should be willing to go at present, & compared with the cost of one of the early cabinets purchased by Yale College & one by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of New York it is very low indeed. Should it not sell at this price, I may make a further reduction in the course of of the Spring, especially as I am a considerable sufferer by the recent calamitous fire in New York. I should not be willing to break the collection unless there should eventually be no other mode of disposing of it.

I am very respectfully
thy friend

J. Griscom

My residence will be in Philadelphia during the winter.

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Professor Griscom's Cabinet for sale
It contains 3000 specimens of all the common and many of the rare species. A large proportion has been obtained during 20 years from eminent mineralogists of Europe and America and labeled by their own hands. It is sufficient both for private use and for practical instruction in any institution
Apply to Dr. J. H. Griscom No. 276 East Broadway New York

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