Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated July 22, 1881.
My Dear Mrs Marsh,
We were very glad to receive here, at Woods Holl, the joint letter from yourself & Mr Marsh, & to know something more definite about you. Please tell Mr Marsh that I thank him very much for his trying to get the book referred to, & was not at all surprised that he did not succeed, as the request has already baffled the efforts of a good many persons. I only wished to oblige Dr Wier Mitchell, a particular friend in the fancy he had for the works of Sanctorius.
I will write to the Consul at Leghorn about the statuary marbles. I wonder if the Collegio Romana would like to make exchanges for similar articles from the United States. I think I will address a letter on the subject.
If I could have seen my way clear to visiting Europe on the occasion of the Berlin Fishery Exhibition it would have given me great
pleasure to do so, & among the many
inducements to that end, would have been the prospect of seeing you & Mr Marsh in Rome. So far as I am concerned I have very little expectation of crossing the water, even though my life should be prolonged by several decades. I have so much to keep me busy here that the right time never seems to present itself; & the expense of the visit is beyond my means, unless made in behalf of the Government, as would have been the case in 1880.
Sincerely Yours,Spencer F BairdMrs C. C. Marsh,care Hon. Geo. P. Marsh,U.S. Minister,Rome.
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The neurologist Silas Wier Mitchell (1829-1914) developed the " rest cure" as a treatment for mental disorders. He was also a prolific novelist and poet.
An International Fishery Exhibition was held in Berlin in April, 1880.