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Racine Sunday March 3
Dear Father
Yours of last Thursday
evening with the papers has been
received.
I shall go to Milwaukee tomorrow
stay there all night - go out to
Uncle Walters on Tuesday
- back to Milwaukee on Wednesday
and down there by the morning train
on Thursday and from here to Chicago
by the evening train of the same
day or perhaps I may get to Chicago
Thursday noon. If I visit Uncle
Walter this will be the shortest
time I can make I think. I make
this arrangement agreeable to your
request that I should be in Chicago
on Thursday. But sould you receive
this on Tuesday and[strike out] in time to mail
a letter by that days mail for the north and

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MosquitoMike

The handwritten note at the top of the page (not in Robert Kennicott's handwriting) says "1854 or 1856" and I believe neither is correct. "Sunday" is clearly written, and the date appears to be "March 3" but on closer examination is actually "March 8". The only March 8 that occurred on a Sunday during the late 1850s was in 1857 (there were no March 3rds on a Sunday from 1854-1859). Apparently Robert visited his Racine, Wisconsin mentor, the naturalist Dr. Philo Romayne Hoy, in March 1857, and while there wrote this letter to his father on March 8, 1857.