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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD, dated February 2, 1872.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD, dated February 2, 1872.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD, dated February 2, 1872., Original located at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washinton, D.C., RU7002., (accessed January 22, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD, dated February 2, 1872.

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8 San Basilio
Rome Feb 2 1872

Dear Baird

Here are your letters of Feb 26 1870, May 21, 1870, May 31 1871, and Jany 9 1872, the latter a joint production of yourself and dear Mary, all unanswered. What a load of guilt! But my excuses are many, the best of all being: Well, I have not answered them.

But now, to begin at the end: I am much obliged to you for Gen. Parker's letter, which I sent off at once to Paolo Lioy, & his thanks shall [...] enrich Lucy' s collection of autographs. I can't congratulate you on your threatened obesity, suffering under the same evil myself. Banting avails little, unless carried to excess or accompanied with much exercise, & upon B's own bill of fare, I should soon outweigh the colossal Bohemian girl now on exhibition with a singing fish (tickets one cent,) in the Piazza Barberini just below us.

Glad to hear there are to be more books of birds, gladder still that you are going to give chapter & verse in your reprint. I have, upon your bare promise, taken off the interdict under which I had laid you, and you -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- are now free to eat and drink like other men.

I was much graveled with that sentence about your "Fish commission being "prosecuted." I thought fish, being written with a big F, meant my master the Sec. of State, and was curious to know for what misdemeanor he was "prosecuted"

The photographs will be welcome, as is any thing from America, in this thirsty land, where my soul gaps for American books. Lucy shall have the photographs she wants, but let her remember that in general they will be only photog. from engravings, those directly from the pictures being scarce & generally worthless. My bookseller has ordered the Neapolitan Piscatory Report & hopes, in continuance of time, to receive it.

I shall be greatly delighted to receive Dr Hayden's photographs, cc. and the rather because the volumes he so kindly sent me last year, as well as, the Smithsonian Report sent by the Inst, was confiscated some how, as you will see by the letter to the S.I. herewith and never reached me. I should be glad to plunge the thief into one of those hot springs in that strange country.

Do not send through Ministries. There -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- may be abstractions. The best way, and a bad one it is, is to send through the Desp. Agent with instructions to ship direct to Leghorn or Civita Vecchia or by the Glasgow Mediterranean steamers, & not through France. You cannot imagine the devilries & faithlessnesses of the French transportation lines. Two or three months is short from Havre, & I had a case sent from that port in October which has not arrived, nor ever will.

There are large French stamps, such as we Mandarins use on our letters for Lucy, with whom we should much enjoy that long talk she speaks of.

We are in the midst of the fooleries, and most contemptible they are, of the Roman Carnival.

I shall be truly thankful when we come to sackcloth & ashes and get rid of some of the gaping idiots who come all the way from America to see such things, with which pious sentiment I close, wishing you all many good things, which the same does my wife.

Yours very truly

Geo P Marsh note:Prof Baird

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