Cleveland Aug. 5' 1853
My Dear Sir
I received your letter with
the Reg of specimens yesterday and
this morning have just finished
unpacking and unpacking the contents.
I was exceedingly delighted with the
specimens sent; indeed they constituted an
addition to our knowledge. Quite equal
to all I myself have made during
my entire trip out west. The most im-
portant features consisted in one entire-
ly undescribed snake. (the large
one with the numerous square
dark spots) and several new fish.
One of these was a genus hitherto
unknown in the [illegible] tally.
It looks like a black perch.
Smaller than the yellow perch
you sent. (I would like more of them)
Also a small [Hydrangia:underlined] two [illegible]
long with a head flat at top. And
lines on the side. Likewise others
Notes and Questions
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In the first sentence, "Reg" should be "keg" [of specimens] and second "unpacking" should be "repacking".
The sentence "One of these was a genus hitherto unknown in the [illegible] tally." should read "One of these was a genus hitherto unknown in the Mississippi Valley.
The sentence near the bottom should read, "Also a small Hydrargia[underlined] two inches long with a head flat at top, and lines on the side." [note: Hydrargia is a minnow]