Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Finch, 20 May 1824

at Mr Vaughan’s Phila May 20.1824.


Allow me to send a few pages which were published last year in the American Journal of Science.—After I left Monticello my tour was directed to the eastern shore of Virginia and the quantity of fossil organic remains is so great, that it opens quite a large field of comparison between the soil of America and Europe, and I believe similar strata will be found in the two Continents.—On the rivers James and York the banks furnish many varieties of shells and animal remains. I found bones of the shark, crocodile, lamantin, and one or two unknown species of animals. Forgive my having intruded on your attention.

I have the honor to be, Sir your most faithful Servt

John Finch

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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