Publisher Information: New Haven: 1852.
Silliman, Benjamin (1779-1864). Autograph letter signed (“B. Silliman Senior”) to N. O. Round [?]. Bifolium (4pp.). New Haven, 14 September 1852. 206 x 134 mm. Small tears along folds, light soiling but very good.
From chemist and geologist Benjamin Silliman, one of the first American professors of science (at Yale University), founding faculty member of the Yale Medical School and the first to distill petroleum, on the comparative effects of water and “fermented liquors” on the body; he also mentions meeting German chemist Justus von Liebig (1803-73), one of the founders of organic chemistry. “As to Liebig I know not what expression of approbation you allude. I do indeed think highly of his works & had the pleasure of telling him so in person in his own laboratory at Geissen [sic]; but general approbation does not of course include an indorsement of every sentiment.” We have not been able to identify Silliman’s correspondent.Book Id: 45602