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No. 58 Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. January 17, 1857 Dear Robert, The shrew you sent from Dekalb Co. is a very interesting species. It comes nearest to Sorex cinereus of Bachman, from S. Carolina, but is rather lighter in its color. It may be a new species, however, I will examine it critically in a few days. There will be no harm in preparing an article for the State Ag. Soc. on rodents & insectivora, if you do not publish it in advance of the Patent office article. This will appear probably in July or August. If the Society is satisfied with an article improved from the Patent Office one, you need not hesitate at all. You can readily make article 2nd quite original, with additional facts to be collected in the Spring & Summer

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I do not at present want your notes on carnivora. I will let you know when I do. If you have any specimens of Diptera, I can have them easily determined by Baron Ostensacken, Russian Secretary of Ligation; now here. I shall also send a lot of Hymenoptera before long to M. de Saussure at Geneva, Switzerland, who is working up N. American species Dr. Morris of Baltimore promises to study Hemiptera soon, and Mr. Uhler of Balt. is working at Neuroptera - so there is some chance yet for Entomology. Ever Yours S.F. Baird Robert Kennicott Chicago

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