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Title: Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated July 2, 1853.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated July 2, 1853., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 23, 2018)


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

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Washington July 2' 1853

My Dearest Mr. M.

I have had a long letter to you in my mind for an age, and it has been interfered with by so many causes that I fear I shall only be able to cancel my obligations by a few paragraphs of odds and ends. I have happily got through the special work of the Spring, in the way of foreign exchanges & and am now busy in arranging for a run out west. I leave in a few days for Ohio, Michigan & Wisconsin, and after remaining a month, return to Lake Champlain to join Mary. How I wish I could hope to see you there, as of old.

The work of this Spring has been unusually heavy, though I have stood it better than ever before being now in perfect health and condition. I might tell you of the tons of packages, made up and sent off, but I do not wish to tire you with the details Suffice it to say that I have as heretofore sent the Greece, Turkey, & Egyptian parcels to you for distribution, and shall forward through State Dep. Letters to accompany the packages, which themselves go in a box to your address through Yasigi & Goddard.

My exploring expeditions, too, are all off, which is a great relief: I will try and send you an account of these in an article which I am preparing for the Meeting of the American Association at Cleveland July 28: I have had in all, no less than nineteen, to equip and fit in a Natural History point of view. You ask who is to describe nondescripts, and what is to be done with the things when they come in. That is not my particular business now; my duty is to see that no chances are lost of advancing science, leaving the future to take care of myself. And indeed I expect the accumulation of a large mass of matter thus collected, which this Institution cannot or will not "curate" efficiently, to have the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- effect of forcing our government into establishing a National Museum, of which (let me whisper it) I hope to be director. Still even if this arguement don't weigh now, it will one of these days, and I am content to wait.

Most of the expeditions have left in my hands, sums amounting in the aggregate to nearly ten thousand dollars to pay cost of transportation of specimens, and their preparation for publication. I can thus have first rate figures made of the different species, which will supply a great desideration.

I forgot to mention that we sent vols. 2-5 of Smithsonian Contributions to the Museo Civico, of Milan, in accordance with your suggestion.

The work of Mr. Peters is a very desirable Handbuch, and I think it very likely that the Smithsonian would publish it if in English, and perhaps even have it translated--if good for as much as you suppose.

I hear no talk of your being turned out; not even any newspaper candidates for the succession. This makes me hope that you are to hold on for a time at least. I wrote you, I think, the assurance of Mr. Bingham a stiff Vermont Democrat, that you were to remain for a time at least, and if I mistake not Mr. Smalley of Burlington, said the same. Still there is no certainty in the matter, but you can hope for the best.

I believe, I must now stop as I am getting very sleepy: this is the fifteenth letter I have written this evening, and the 1060th this year. Mary has however given all the news, which makes my scraps less necessary. Hoping to hear some from you and with the warmest love to dear Mrs. Marsh I remain

Most affectionately Yours

S. F. Baird. note:Hon. Geo. P. Marsh,Constantinople

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