So return as soon as you can the enclosed filled out. As to the geology, they would expect, as a matter of courtesy your book, when it is done. Remember it is the State that sends it, and not myself or Hitchcock. You speak of the handsome treatment our State has received from the geologist Hitchcock. You ought to have been in our legislature and heard the cursings he got for his extravagant use of the money voted for that purpose. I don’t think our people are altogether satisfied with him any way. Year by year he got a little more out of our legislature until in all [I?] [illegible] 30,000 was taken – more or less. Hitchcock is close, not entirely00888reliable / I do not mean in his [scientific?] statements. He has employed a great many assistants, and he has dealt [riggardly?] with them. However let [this?] pass. Gunny does not pass current here. He doesn’t post himself up with the new developments, He is an unconscionable bore, lectures too long and is tedious. His f[illegible] is drawing – blackboard illustration. In this he excels everybody I know of. And on the whole he awakens an interest in p[illegible] also [knows?] nothing about geology whatever. therefore he is a useful man. Summing him all up, he lives upon his past [acquaintances?], and does not learn any thing new. I am glad the Carr’s have come out right and as you say, the [illegible] are a bad lot
Concord, N[ew] H[ampshire]
1880 Feb 14
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