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 26, 2002

Re: Shareholder Proposal

Dear Ms. Bollwage,

This is a followup response to your letter dated November 25, 2002, requesting additional proof of my share ownership. I want to let you know that I am continuing to try and obtain the necessary information in a timely fashion.

I am enclosing a copy of the original request I sent to my broker on November 26, 2002.

In a phone call with my broker on December 18, 2002 to find out the status of my request, I was informed they had drafted and forwarded on a letter to the record holder of the securities on December 17, 2002 requesting the necessary documentation.

I will contact you once I have received this information.


Gordon Irlam