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The 19th Century German Diary of a New Jersey Geologist

William J. Chute


Chute explores a diary of a young New Jersey scientist William Kitchell held in the Library concering a trrip to Germany that began in the fall of 1852. The purpose of the trip was to acquire the advanced training which would prepare him for his position as professor of geology at the Newark Wesleyan Institute.  The diary contains the personal sketches of world famous men of science, the prevalence of soldiers in Berlin, the horrible climate, the slowness of transportation, and his questioning of the authenticity of the Genesis story of the great flood.

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