GassJ D. Muir can make gass on short notice and bust every oyster can under the sun. I tried very hard yesterday to make carbonic acid gass I took a bottle put in a lot of powdered marble and water enough to cover it well, I then commenced slowly to pour in sulphuric acid which made it boil violently up out of the top of the bottle which started me after rags in a hurry to stop the flood I made another attempt and got some gass but found it easyest to put out candle with the breath of my nostrils as the gass realy seemed lighter than air instead of heavier John do please write soon and tell me how to make cairns experiments with sulphuric acid or any thin else easy to be gotten and some composition subject and tell me how you get along now expecialy with l[illegible] and when you will be home and also of every that pertaineth to Madison be sure and write soon from D. Muir good-bye00298
1862 Jun 8
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