Gordon Irlam
326 A St
Redwood City, CA 94063
Email: noreply@base.com
Phone / Fax: +1 (650) 364-6169

Debra A. Bollwage
Assistant Corporate Secretary
One Merck Drive
P.O. Box 100, WS3AB-05
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

December 6, 2002

Re: Shareholder Proposal

Dear Ms. Bollwage,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 25, 2002, requesting additional proof of my share ownership.

I have written to my broker in order to obtain the information you requested, and will contact you once I have received their response.


Gordon Irlam