George William Featherstonhaugh letter, 1832 Oct. 13, Buckland, Va., to William Buckland, Christ's Church, Oxford, England,  | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Letter from George William Featherstonhaugh to William Buckland, discussing the geology and mineralogy of the area surrounding Buckland, Virginia; while the author briefly touches on the larger geological features and mineral deposits of the entire American East, he focuses on the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, particularly on a lode of quartz that "has in some instances 30 to 50 per cent of pure gold ... a lode (about 15 feet broad) richer than has ever been found in any country"; the author mentions the possibility of publishing the find in a memoir for the Geological Society, and closes his letter by deprecating John Mardon, who was apparently publishing something for him.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Pages - have the latter part of the letter written across the former part (transcription of letter removed to item folder).
Frank mark stamped on p. , mostly illegible, but possibly from Liverpool.
Accompanying materials: With 1 seal (red, 18 mm. diam.), applied.
Origin: "Buckland, Prince William County, Virginia, Oct. 13, 1832".
Former shelf-mark: Uncat. 78 4 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library).