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DANIEL CADY EATON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/31/1868 - HFSID 283586

Botanist Daniel Cady Eaton, one of the first professors of botany in the U. S., wrote this letter to his father, Major General Amos Beebe Eaton, from New Haven, Connecticut in 1868. In it, he talked about a cold passed around by his family.

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DANIEL CADY EATON
Botanist Daniel Cady Eaton, one of the first professors of botany in the U. S., wrote this letter to his father, Major General Amos Beebe Eaton, from New Haven, Connecticut in 1868. In it, he talked about a cold passed around by his family.
Autograph letter signed "Daniel C. Eaton". Pencil notation in top right corner of page 1. 3 pages, 4¾x7¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso. New Haven, Connecticut. Dec. 31, 1868. In full: "My dear Father - We were very sorry that you could not be here at Christmas - Libby & Joseph were here, and we had six or eight little children here to play together - Libby is very well -& as bright as ever- Joseph is a well-behaved boy,& made a very favorable impression on all of us. We have had colds- Carrie is well of hers- I am mending of mine- & now I can say the same for Bessy- Yesterday the poor little girl was quite sick with it. She had considerable fever & she breathed very short- I could not find that she had any sore throat- At one time we feared it might be whooping-cough, but the doctor thought not- today she has hung her head-& seemed very weak and tied-& she wanted me to hold her all the time. This evening she is quite like herself again- The fever is nearly gone- she is stronger, & very playful- chattering & singing again like the dear good little child she almost always is- I never saw so kind & loving a baby before- We shall be very glad to see you whenever you can come- You room is all ready for you-& and afire ready to be lighted in the grate- Carrie send her love-& so do I- to all of you- Your affectionate son". Daniel's father AMOS BEEBE EATON (1806-1877) was made Commissary General of the U. S. Army upon Brigadier General Joseph P. Taylor's retirement in 1864 and was brevetted a Major General on March 13, 1865. DANIEL CADY EATON (1834-1895) was one of the first professors of botany in the U. S., as well as Curator of the Yale Herbarium for 31 years. His books include the two-volume Ferns of North America. Eaton contributed botanical accounts to a number of geological surveys, as well. These included the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey (1848-1855), which set the border between the U. S. and Mexico after the Mexican-American War; Clarence King's Geological Survey (1867-1873), conducted in a 100-mile strip of land along that parallel between California and Wyoming; the Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, conducted by George Wheeler; and the Geological Survey of California. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Show-through touches signature and body of letter. Light tears along right edges and in top right corner of second leaf. Otherwise in fine condition.

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