Lot 119 of 395:
ALs from Nathaniel P. Hill, a CO mining magnate.  

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Autograph Letter Signed - 1863 Brown University Professor who became Colorado Mining Magnate

Hill, N.[athaniel] P.

Providence, RI


July 14, 1863


Autograph Letter Signed as Professor of Chemistry at Brown University. Providence.

To D.W.Hoyt: “…In addition to my regular labor, I had charge of Prof. Chace’s classes in Physiology and Geology. I wrote very carefully and with much study seventy lectures…In answer to your inquiries. There are several establishments in the country for distilling wood. The largest… is at Sterling Conn. owned by Jonathan Pike…[who] makes cradle wood vinegar … and has made the business quite profitable…I think there is only a limited demand for methylic alcohol…I do not know any use to which it can be applied in large quantities. The gas would have some illuminating power but I do not think it would pay to distribute especially as such an establishment would necessarily be located out of the village or city where the gas would be useful. Out of the way, country places are generally selected both from the fact that wood is easily procured and to avoid the liability of being a nuisance…” When Nathaniel Hill wrote this letter he was a 33 year-old Professor at Brown during the Civil War. Two years later, he traveled to Colorado to investigate mineral resources, and, after a year in England studying metallurgy, returned with a perfected method of smelting gold ore, and taking up residence in Black Hawk, Colorado, built the state’s first smelter, which brought him wealth. Active in Colorado politics after moving to Denver in 1873, he was elected Colorado’s second U.S Senator.

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