In a letter accompanying a specimen of rock salt, Avery touts the quality of the salt being mined on Petit Anse Island and hopes the sample will be included in "the valuable collections of our old alma mater, at Yale."
Avery Family Papers, Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations, Series J, Part 5, Reel 11, Frame 698
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Petite Anse Island La
Octr 18th 1865
Col. Chs. L. Norton USA
New Iberia LA
I have the honor to transmit herewith to your address a bod containing specimens of the 'chrystal gem salt,' from one of the mines recently opened and worked on this place. Although not so rich in large chrystals as many specimens that have heretofore been obtained from other shafts formerly worked, yet I consider those sent, as equally valuable, showing as they do the exact character of the salt as it is presented & mined at the surface and [illegible] feet in the bed that has been worked.
Should you deem the specimens worthy of a place in the valuable collections of our old alma mater, at Yale, I will be most happy to defray any expense that may be incurred in forwarding them to that Institution. With great consideration I remain, Colonel, very truly your obdt svt,
Danl. D. Avery