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Catalog Number 2016.02.0062
Object Name Letter
Date 1820
Title 1820 July 12 Mason Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Mason Brown (Yale) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason reports on the safe arrival of specimens that Samuel has sent to a Professor Silliman at Yale. He also writes of his approval of the education of Samuel's son, James Percy Brown, since he is now studying with tutor Kean O'Hara. Mason inquires about the nature of information Samuel intends to tell him and writes of his plans for returning himself and his possessions from Conneticut to Kentucky.

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Yale, July 12, 1820

It appears to me my Dear Uncle, that every day increases and confirms the affectionate regard I entertain for you. Every day surely adds to the claims you possess upon my esteem and in my own heart, most sincerely are they acknowledged. But enough of those verbal professions- They are too easily made to be valuable. I shall however here after redeem them by actions.
The specimens you sent arrived in safety and were presented to Silliman. He was much pleased with both and only objected to the Maryland marble in regards to its whiteness, which appears to be tinged with yellow when contacted with some specimens he possesses.
The boxes of Geological specimens which you mention have not yet made their appearance.
Silliman completes his lectures on this subject in a few days, and has enhanced his reputation very much with our class by the masterly style in which he has acquitted himself. During our college course we can obtain but little more than the general outlines of both this and mineralogy; but I trust that these outlines are so well defined and deeply impressed that I will be able to fill them up with accuracy hereafter.
I received a letter from O'Hara a few days ago in which he speaks in high terms of James, and from the little he has seen of him predicts that he will fully equal the expectations & hopes of his friends.
It is very fortunate that you placed him with O'Hara. The more I see of other teachers (both in and out of college) the more fully am I convinced that O'Hara's reputation as a teacher is properly bestowed.
I received a letter from Uncle James 4 days ago enclosing a sum sufficient to clear me out from New Haven. I shall consequently commence my journey in 7 or 8 days. When do you leave Philadelphia? And where do you go after leaving it? I feel extremely anxious to see you- Can we not so managed it as to meet somewhere else if you should leave Phila? I cannot possibly devise the nature of the facts which you promise to disclose to me - I have racked my brain and put my ingenuity to the torture, without being able to form the least idea of their nature. Of what description are they? Individual or general? Do give me at least some hint respecting them. Any thing rather than uncertainty.
I shall send two boxes which will arrive in Philadelphia within 8 days. One directed to myself at Frankfort and the other to Robt Breckinridge at Lexington. You fear that Hawkins will have left Philadelphia I shall merely direct them to the care of Mr Toland, so that they can be given to any other Kentucky merchant. I [torn page] you to speak to Toland on the subject, I shall address him a note with the boxes.
Once more let me ask you to write to me immediately and once more assure you of the continued esteem of
Mason Brown

Dr Saml Brown

Remember me to Mrs Philips-Susan-Miss Ellis- Silliman sends his best respects.

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Doctor Samuel Brown
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People Mason Brown
Samuel Brown
Benjamin Silliman
James Brown
James Percy Brown
Kean O'Hara
Robert Breckinridge
Search Terms Yale University
New Haven, CT
Philadelphia, PA