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Whalebone letter opener. Gift: Norman Bassett.

Hawthorne used this letter opener while he was surveyor at the Salem Customs House; subse-quently, he gave it to a clerk there, Zachariah Burchmore. The item eventually found its way to the College to commemorate the centennial of Hawthorne's Class of 1825. all text copyright Bowdoin College, 2009.
(courtesy of Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine)
citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/image.php?name=MMD2785