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Fremont Aug 2. 1855 Dear Kennicott. Yours of the 5th ult. came to hand, but the reason I owed you a letter was because you did not get my last before. I wrote one in June but it must have been miscarried. I hope you enjoy your tours through the state, and no doubt it will be to your profit. I have found but four of five species of mice. I did not get your letter in time to write you at Decatur, but do not wait for an invitation before you come here. I will be very glad to see you at any time. I observed the different sounds, last year while the Cicada were here. and found the female made a clicking noise very different form the male.
That circular will be of use to me in collecting soils. I pay some attention to geology, and Henry is East and will get to work upon that science for me. He goes by Cincinnati and to Washington, I gave him a letter of introduction to Prof Baird but had nothing to send by him. I have two bats stuffed also a woodchuck I but a very few insects collected. I ordered Cuviers, Natural Hist of Animals, (plain) and got his Animal Kingdom illustrated, mostly by wood cuts. $5.00 There is a fine premium afforded for timber, but I have not tried to collecting[ing strikeout] any yet and am quite busy, and do not know wheather I will try for it or not. I have no Ornithology as yet, but will get Wilsons if that is best. I do not know wheather I can be at Chicago in the fall or not.