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Title Miscellaneous
Dates of Creation December 5, 1814 - June 1966
Scope & Content The collection contains three unrelated documents. The first is a promisory handwritten note to L.Y. Campbell or bearer, twenty-eight dollars on or before the first day of June, 1866. Signed by J. Myers of Pownal, Vermont. Also there are numerical notations on the back and possibly meeting minutes on the front.
The second is a 1835 letter written from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts from Professor Benjamin Pierce to Professor Charles Gill at the Institute at Flushing, Long Island, regarding the mathematic and science cirliculium at Harvard. He mentions his desire to add Spherical Trigonometry and its pratical applications in surveying and nautical astronomy. As he has been assured by the Harvard administration that they will allow him to teach any course in mathematics he desires. Pierce also comments that he would be interested in maintaining a correspondence with Gill.
Lastly, a summons for the commonwealth of Massachusetts dated December 5, 1814. The summons is for Cyrus H. Allen to appear at the court to answer charges laid out by Gilbert Capron. Both are from Barre, Massachusetts.
Administrative/Biographical History Charles Gill (1805–1855), who immigrated to the United States from England in 1830, began to edit The Mathematical Miscellany (1836–1839) while teaching on Long Island (New York, U.S.A.). Most of America's best mathematicians of the day were contributors, including Benjamin Peirce, Theodore Strong, and William Lenhart.
Catalog Number 1993.114 (a-c)