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Transcribe Jackson, Peter V. Letter to Ward, Henry Augustus (1874-08-12)
2. [another hand - Aug. 12, 1874]
He was here lately. received your letter, & what money I could spare, & has now gone on a prospecting trip up the Yellowstone. I do not think he will get any more specimens this season. He left a few at Bozeman, which, as soon as I can get here, will box up with the balance of the file of Odds & ends, & ship to you. They are an elk skeleton lacking skull, 4 mt. sheep skeletons, lacking skulls & hoofs & quite a number of of sheep bones - mostly I think from female sheep - & several male skulls fullgrown, but small. Also quite a pile of Deer, antelope, & female sheep bones & skulls, a mixed lot small & imperfect, also a box of bear bones. If you can use them all. I will not assort them in shipping, but would think best to throw out all heads & feet of animals not fully grown; write me as to this.
The specimens were very dry indeed, &
were difficult to pack in any reasonable space without cracking - some few are injured in that way - a few have the skin torn - in killing - about the neck, & in the skeletons there ^are^ some bones broken. There should have been some deduction on this etc. in prices; & I have arranged that in this way, For the lot of Odds & Ends