Place Published: Halifax
Publisher: David Honeyman
Date Published: 1877
Binding: No binding
1pp. holograph letter, 5 x 8 inches, had paper clip on top right now removed, with indents and 1 inch old fold tear on bottom edge of paper going between the D and H of the signature, otherwise good condition.
Rough transcription of letter...
Halifax Provincal Museum, Feb.9, 77 Dr. F.V. Hagden, My Dear Sir. There is no one we would be favour than your worthy self. Unfortunately we have not a copy of the Lecur package Vet 1rg Ag France trans. Not one. I note that you icle are new all scu? do not consider yourself a Clamoes although a member of the Alpine Club. I send you a copy of our Transactions No. 3 ? I have distributed. I hope you will find in it something interesting and not reetical? The only favour I can ask of you at least or ?? is that you will send me your Photograph so that I may have you physically in my album of notable researchers and Paleontologist & friends. Yours very truly, D. Honeyman
David Honeyman was a Presbyterian minister, geologist, teacher, and curator. Honeyman had success in establishing the Provincial Museum in Halifax (now the Museum of Natural History). Honeyman persuaded the provincial government to provide room to house the collections so painfully gathered for the international exhibitions, as well as those of the defunct Halifax Mechanics’ Institute. The museum opened in 1868 with Honeyman as curator. Its early years were difficult, however, because the museum did not receive legislative sanction or appropriations until 1872. During Honeyman’s tenure as curator, from 1868 to 1889, the museum’s annual budget (which included his salary) rarely exceeded $1,300. Hampered by lack of funds and space, he was nevertheless able to expand the collections significantly, particularly in geology, and through his prolific writings to add to his own reputation and to that of the museum. His published articles on Nova Scotia geology number approximately 58.
F. V. (Ferdinand Vandeveer) Hayden (1829-1877) was an American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. He was also a physician who served with the Union Army during the Civil War.
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