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Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 18, 1871.

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Title: Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 18, 1871.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 18, 1871., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 16, 2018)

Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 18, 1871.

Transcribed by : John Thomas, Ralph H. Orth and Ellen Thomson

TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski andEllen Thomson

Published by: University of Vermont. All rights reserved.

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Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 1871.

My Dear Mr Marsh.

Your letter of the 24th ult. was duly received & read with the avidity with which we always pounce upon all your communications; & Lucy begs me to thank you for the pretty little photographs addressed to her.

We were very sorry indeed that you had the trouble in your eye, & trust that before this you have entirely recovered from it. We sympathise with in you and your affliction caused by the illness of your niece, & regret that Mrs Marsh has such a trial added to her own responsibilities.

I hope you will like my articles in Harper's Monthly & Harper's Weekly, although I am afraid I shall fall under your ban by doing the very thing that you object to, in the case of some others. I do not generally give any references to the titles of the works or articles from which my matter is taken; partly because it would disfigure the general appearance of the page, & partly -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- because it is very seldom indeed that I present a paragraph pure & simple & from one source, but in nearly every instance take occasion to supplement it by some original criticism or suggestion, or by some addition from one or more other sources.

Mary says I do this because I do not want to let people see my sources of information, for fear they may find out now improperly I quote them; but this is a base slander. I am always willing to furnish to any body asking it a reference to the original article made use of.

Since I wrote you last I have entered upon a new style of business, my interest in the fishing question having culminated in the passage of a Resolution ordering the President to appoint a Commissioner of Fish & Fisheries on the part of the U.S., to take the whole subject of the diminuation in the supply into consideration & to suggest remedies, if any can be thought of, for the restoration to their full numbers. I have received the appointment -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- from the President, & am now before the Senate for Confirmation, about which I presume here will be no difficulty. An appropriation will be made to meet expenses of this labor, which, however, by the terms of the act, is to be done by myself without pay; & I hope to proceed at an early period to the Sea Shore, & there to commence my labors.

With much love to Mrs Marsh from all of us, believe me,

Sincerely Yours,

Spencer F Baird note:Hon. Geo. P. Marsh,U.S. Minister,Florence.

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