Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated January 22, 1884.

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Publication InformationSmithsonian InstitutionWashington, D.C., Jan'y 22, 1884

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Dear M Marsh:

Your letter to Mary came in this morning, and reminds me of my failure to answer your letter of a few weeks ago. It has not been overlooked, however; as I have placed it in the hands of M Goode, to look up the authorities, and make sure that my impression on the subject was correct. Of course I would not like to lead you into an erroneous statement, which

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would doubtless be subjected to prompt and sharp criticism.

M Goode has been very busy in receiving the collections of the London Fishery Exhibition, and in attending to many other points of detail; but I will corner him to day, and make him tell his story. I hope to enclose a memorandum on the subject in this letter.

Do not hesitate to call on me whenever I can help you in your editorial work. I may not always have

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to depend upon somebody else for the data of reply.

Sincerely Yours,Spencer F BairdMrs. Geo. P. MarshScarsdale,Westchester Co.,N.Y.

References in this letter:

An ichthyologist, George Brown Goode (1851-1896) worked with Baird as assistant director of the U.S. National Museum. He succeeded Baird as museum curator (1887-1888) and on the U.S. Commission on Fish which he directed from the time of Baird's death until his own.

An International Fisheries Exhibition was held in London in 1883.