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Aug. 2. 1856.
R. W. Kennicott:
The engravers and printers are harrying me to death at present, and till my second Report is thro' the press I have not a moment to spare.
I have the draft of a long letter to you, written months ago --- some note on the list of Prof. LeConte &c. &c -- and saying, [keep all theses specimens[underlined] safe in your own hands & don't let them get injured --- till I get time to give the coleoptera a look. Then I will be greatly obliged to you for the loan of some of them. But at present they will do me no good, & may be of some help to you.
I also have an examination of the lice you found on young Pines in a yard in Springfield Ill. -- & the coccinella[underlined] which destroys them & Apple Bark lice. I had intended copying this for insertion in the Prairie Farmer, but some other call upon me, drove me off from making the copy for the press, I hope to do so yet, or make some other return for the Prairie F. --- which comes to me regularly. I peruse your articles in it with much
interest. You are on the right road, I see. But I have not time to read half the agricultural papers sent me. I only glance over them, to see if there is anything on insects.
I am very sorry to hear of your father's illness. I was laid up, one six months with Rheumatism & feared I was a cripple for life. No medicine cured or helped it. It gratually wore off. And by carefully avoiding all exposure to damp, cold weather I have (to my surprise) been wholly free from the slightest Rheumatic pain, for more than ten years, now.
Your letter of July 27, I must not attempt to answer now -- to examine the specimens, &c. would take me off from my work for a day; when I ought not to leave it for an hour -- no, not for a minute. But when this horrid burthen is off my shoulders, I will try to give you a long talk.