Edward Hitchcock final draft, "Supplement to the Ichnology of New England," 1863 : a report to the government of Massachusetts in 1863
The final draft of Edward Hitchcock's "Supplement to the Ichnology of New England" submitted to John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts. This version of the paper includes a table of contents, a preface by the editor, Charles Henry Hitchcock, written in 1865, the numbers of the track specimens referenced, a transcription of a letter from Professor James Dwight Dana regarding whether the fossil footprints were made by birds, and two postscripts. The report itself discusses issues related to the identification of fossil footprints in the Ichnology of New England, describes at length the tracks for each species mentioned, discusses different types of tracks, and addresses questions about the number of phalanges in the fossil footprints discussed and whether the animals that created the tracks were birds. Included with the paper is Hitchcock's letter of submission to Governor Andrew, as well as a letter from Governor Andrew submitting the report to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
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The date of the first postscript is July 1, 1863, and the date of the second postscript is December 25, 1863. The general date of 1863 has therefore been used as the date of creation.