Montpellr: Decr 8th. 1833.
I have just recd. your of the 6th. I am glad to find the public attention in Virginia at length turning towards the mineral resources of the State, and that you are promoting it by the communications, which your Science & observations enable you to make. A Geological survey, skilfully conducted seems to be the most obvious & effectual preparation for the discoveries in view, as well in relation to public utility & wealth as to a branch of knowledge becoming every day more and more curious & interesting. With such impressions I may readily be supposed to wish success to all the means that may be employed, in so meritorious a work.