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A letter from an alum about the Walden Pond

July 1, 2004

I enjoyed reading the article about Walden Pond and David Thoreau in the June 9 issue. I thought the following bit of information might be of interest. The text is from a book entitled "New England and The Sea "  

In the late 1850s, virtually every New England village with acess to tide water began to cut ice from its ponds and ship it out. Thoreau watching the process on his Walden Pond, wrote "thus it appears that the sweltering inhbitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta drink from my well."

Just a bit of trivia to add to your bank of knowledge.

John Bernard '49
Princeton, N.J.

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