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Finding aid of the James Hewston Jr. Letters C058480
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Correspondence from John Hewston Jr to Professor J.C. Booth, the Melter Refiner of the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. The letters discuss the construction of the mint, supplies required to cast the gold, and the chemical and geological concerns of the refining process.
John Hewston Jr. was the assayer at the San Francisco Assaying and Refining Works. In 1856 he established the Laboratory for Practical and Analytical Chemistry in connection with Kellogg and Humbert’s Assay Office. Later in his career, he was a brigadier general of the California National Guard.
1.0 folder (1 volume containing 25 handwritten letters)
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