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758 Washington May 24' 56 Dear Robert I am sorry to learn your father has been so sick: I hope he is now much better. As to the [illegible] book, better write now and put in a claim for it. It wont be out for some months probably but it will be best to apply in line. Tell Dr. Clark to send in any specimens of animals, addressed thus Smithsonian Institution Washington Care of Forbes Babcock Panama Steam Ship Agents U.S. Mail Line San Francisco This will bring them to us free of charge. Ask him to collect mammals particularly the smaller Send him enclosed circular I duly acknowledge the

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woodchuck and other things, and presume as you suggest, the litter was lost. I mentioned the fur, things in detail; they were very interesting and perfect. The Arvicola you sent is probably A. auslerus of Leconte The Hesperomys is what we call michiganensis. I will not fail to send hereafter the labelled series you want I can hardly give any very satisfactory hints about your cases and fittings of the new Natural History room, except that you want plenty of shelf and drawers. You might have one side fitted up like in the following cross section. [drawing with labels "B" and "A" in the sections] The lower part A. is a sort of counter, about two feet deep, and 2 1/2 or 3 feet high. (table height). This should be filled with drawers, of which there might be four or five, decreasing in [strikethrough: de] height from bottom to top. The top part might be open with glazed front, and about one food deep, with shelves 12 or 14 inches apart [illegible]

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758/2 mounted animals, or jars &c. The shelves should be adjustable so as to place at any height [drawings with parts labeled "A", "B", "C", "D", and "a'"] This is done by putting in upright slips A.B. in the notches of which fit the moveable piece C....On this rest the ends aa' of the shelf D. You will want as long a range of such cases as you can get. They had better be made in three feet sections, the top part separate and placed directly on the bottom. The projecting counter portion will serve as a long [strikethrough: sect] table, [strikethrough: and] which may be made larger at will by having a piece hinged on at the edge, shutting up and opening out like an old fashioned secretary. Your insects may be set up in their boxes in the upright shelves. Very truly yours S.F. Baird Rob. Kennicott West Northfield Ill.

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