Letter from SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 20, 1874.

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Publication Information34,449.Washington, April 20. 1874.

My Dear Mr Marsh.

Yours of the 20 of March is at hand, & Lucy is greatly indebted to you for the prospect of seeing the Bulletin of the Municipality of Rome, which she has a very great desire to peruse.

I am happy to announce that in an invoice we are about sending to the Instituto at Milan, we shall include quite a large bundle of books for yourself, these embracing some of the more important publications of the Institution & of the Government bureaus, including 5 copies of my own Report, as U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries. I send you 5, one of these for yourself, & the rest to be distributed as you think best. The book will be valuable, as well for its accounts of the American methods of catching fish in large numbers, & of the nature of our fishing regulations, as for the very exhaustive memoir on the marine zoology of the south coast of New England by Prof. Verrill, to say nothing of Prof. Gill's list of the fishes.

With much love all of us to you & yours, believe me,

Sincerely Yours,S F Baird.Hon. Geo. P. Marsh.U.S. Minister,Rome, Italy.

we may make a separate package of you books to be forward separately

References in this letter:

Archaeological Bulletin of the Muncipality of Rome Rome. Commissione Archeologica. Bulletino: 1872-1920.

United States. Bureau of Fisheries.United States Commission of fish and fisheries. Part I. Report on the condition of the sea fisheries of the south coast of New England in 1871 and 1872.. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1873.

Addison Emery Verrill (1839-1926), was in charge of scientific investigations of the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. He made important contributions to the classification and natural history of coral and did basic taxonomic work on echinoderms. He is the author of Report upon the Invertebrate Animals of Vineyard Sound and Adjacent Waters. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1874.

An ichthyologist, Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1814) was part of Baird's group in the U.S. Fish Commission and was known for his work as a taxonomist and synthesizer. He wrote Catalogue of the Fishes of the East Coast of North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1873.