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Dear Sir, Yours of the 3rd last was rec'd a day or two since - Did our friend [illegible] [illegible] arrive in good spirits? As to your [illegible] About [all words to left strikethrough] I am much pleased and grateful to find you take enough interest in me to ask Doct Holbrook to give me his book; and I fully appreciate your kindness in doing so. But at the same time I cannot accept it as payment [underline] for making Doct Holbrook collections I will give you my reasons - I have perhaps already told you that inasmuch as I cannot at present gain much credit as a scientific naturalist - it is my wish to do what I can for the advancement of Natural History by assisting others [strikethrough] good naturalists till such time as I can - Providence permitting - take a place amoung you savants. --- Now suppose I should even be of great assistance to Doct Holbrook, I would be deserving of little credit if I did it as hired [underline] man [underline] Naturalist [underline] whereas if I did it out of my own desire to advance [last 3 words underlined] the science, I would know at least that I deserve [underlined] the credit whether I got [underline] it or no - Do you understand and appreciate my motive? I have just sent Doct Holbrook a suite of reptiles and intend to send him what I can next year (that is where I can without spoiling Prof Barids suits) [3 added words illegible] Nor will the fact of your offering me the book make any difference except by its showing me that what I collect may be of value and thus urging me to make larger collections for both himself and Prof Baird --- As I have already said I intend anyway [added and underlined] to get Doct Hollbrook a suite [e is scratched out] of reptiles - and find if he wants them [strikeouts and illegible]

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though I refuse to accept the book as a condition[underline] that I make him a collection, yet if I send him things which will be of much assistance to him and he thinks I am deserving or encouragement and then [inserted] chooses to present me with his work I will accept it with much gratitude, and it would be of great value to me and at present [at present strikethrough] I am too poor to purchase such expensive books. If Doct Holbrook agrees to your proposition to send me his work tell him [ineligeable crossout] what I say if you please --- I shall send you in a few days a box containing a case of insects, set up [both words left underlined] --- a pasteboard box containing birds eggs, -- a small box inside of which packed in moss you will find an Entomological pet for Mrs. Pease. --a lot of shells -- and what skins I have been able to get this summer. The case of insects has cost me much labor. I at first intended to put the insects up in cases all ready for the cabinet, but I came to the conclusion that [strikethrough: it would not be best - the glass on the cases - strikethrough] [strikethrough: would be apt to break, I could not have put them up very neatly - whole line strikethrough] taking all things [all things inserted] into consideration the liability of the glass to break &c. it would not be best. Wherein I had only one spec [abreviation for specimen] of an insect I sent it to you - (except a spec of M [strikethrough] Attacus[underlined] cecropia[illegible] and several others which I know you had a number of) and I have always given you the best spec of an insect when I keep one, I have numbered the insects not [strikethrough not] of which I have got duplicates - and in [illegible strikethrough] many instances also where I can make such notes as will enable me to identify the insect without a spec. If you can give me the names of such of these insects as you

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* in the bottled insects I sent in the box with the plants are several [illegible - strikethrough] beetles of which I had no duplicates and did not set them up* familiar with [illegible] will be of immense use to me Of about 80 species of mothes I have duplicates of only 40 and I have a[inserted] duplicate of only one of the [strikethrough: devils needles] dragon flies I have been unable to collect anything like a full suit of our butterflies -- have at them next summer though. I believe I told you how the ants destroyed my butterfly at one time. * Birds eggs -- a paper inside the box contains the names of these -- I might have got more species by robbing nests about the house but that I won't[underlined] do anyway Entomological pet -- this is one of two specimens of a Dytiscus[underlined] which I have kept all summer in a glass dish full of water. When placed in a globe[underlined] of clean glass they are very pretty and from their constant activity make agreeable pets -- I think Mrs. Pease would like it. It should be placed in water at once. Mine have been fed at about twice a week with raw meat and the water - if less than a quart should be changed about[inserted] every three days -- If the dish is filled quite full of water he will manage to climb out and [strikethrough: fly (ineligable) his] fly off some I have [strike through I have] of mine did The Shells -- these unless otherwise labeled are from the river Des Plaines -- If conveniant please give me the names of the numbered ones Skins - I believe I have got you all[insert] the specialities yoiu asked for [asked for strikethrough] mentioned except the crane -- I've tried hard to get one but cant do it. [Most of strikethrough] Many of the skins I know are in

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189 poor ones but you may take into consideration the difficulties under which I labored. Last spring the cats destroyed several of my most valued bird[inserted] skins including a rail- and after they had died from the effects after aresnic part of what remained got spoiled by a heavy rain which leaked through the place where I had to keep them. I ought not to complain for I have had every indulgance that my fath{strikethrough] parents and Charlie (my brother) could reasonably grant me -- of course it was necessary for us all to do[strikeout] work like fun this spring but lately I have spent much time over my specimens Father offered to build me a room but I don't think right that I should have[strikethrough] [insert: be to the expense of having - insesrt] a place to myself when the rest are[strikethrough] to [strikethrough] have so few convenances. The more so that I am far from being the most useful member of our community. --- You had better examine the two squirrel skins at once as I only skinned them last night and being out of arsenic could not give them[strikethrough] [illegible strikethrough] them a full supply * I send you a southern paper - I marked an article which seemed outrageous that I thought you might like to see it. I have thought of going south but faith that is the way things are conducted it would never do. They would lynch me in a week - Noble South! Land of country and chivalry! Where a man cannot [illegible] their institutions without being mobbed How proud ought we to be of these our sister states where such [underlined] perfect[underlined] freedom of opinion is allowed

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