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University of Mich Ann Arbor 10 Jan 1857 Dear Sir Your favor of 3rd inst was received several days after its date and I embrace this very first op= =portunity to reply as well I can do it at present Dr. Palmer placed in my hands recently the slip from the Prairie Farmer to which you refer as well as the volume of “Transactions” for the library for which the Li= =brarian will send you acknowl= =edgements. It is gratifying to find to find in the west and northwest a few fellow laborers in the de= =lightful fields of Natural History and for this reason I had in= =tended soon to open a corres= =pondence with you hoping to carry out the very ideas which

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you have now suggested, namely the exchange of observations and specimens. You may be assured that I am very greatly interested in the work of Natural History & you will find me always ready to do any thing in my power to forward the interests common to all naturalists -- the working out of local Faunas, the geo= =graphical distrib. of species, &c It is only the present year that of how occupied my present position & consequently, being a previous non-resident of Mich. I know comparatively little about its Nat. Hist. Since Oct. I have been engaged in working out our Collection of shells of which we have about 2000 species In regard to our mammals I have already had some

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Comspoudena with Prof David but I will send you all this information I can obtain. So some of our specimens were undetermined. I have taken some pains to study them since the veerplet of your letter gur you a list with remarks, on a separate sheet. Hereafter I shall be able to do some more Speimins after spieis which you mention will of course be very acceptable as (excepting the Mus leucoprus) I know something of the animals named as deruizins of Mirdirgan. The prains undorable. Edly furnish many peculian speciey You say you intend visiting Dr. Hoy at Racine. I have no personal acquaintance with him but I shall be glad to hear you promised him.

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my respects. We are all bound together in a common cause and ought to have as much intercourse as possible. This is especially true of us western men who are obliged too much to get our informatino about the west through Eastern channels I remain yours very respectfully A. [illegible] Dr. R. Kennicott Chicago Ill.

PS. Dr Sager wishes me to to acknowl-edge for him the receipt of your letter and specimen inclosed and to say that my reply embodies all that we both know at present about our mammals

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I shall hereafter be able to make out a more complete list

List of Mammals observed in Michigan by A. Winchell

I believe the opossum [underlined] is known here but I cannot at this moment ascertain [this-illegible] fact Vespertilio [underlined]. I have never examined the bats and we have none in the museum Condylura Longicaudatas Rich [underlined]. Our species agrees with Richardson's description of this but not with DeKay's description of C. Cristatus though he says the two species are the same Condylura Macroura [underlined] Harlan Scalops aquaticus [underlined](canadensis Rich.) I have observed no [shrews - illegible-underlined]

Ursus Americanus [underlined] Pallas common further north Procyon lotor [underlined] [linear-illegible] Meles labradona [underlined] rare in this part of Mich. I have only seen one Gulo Luscus Godman

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