C. Hart Merriam
2/last week we had the biggest flood of scientific men ever known. No less than 21 scientific societies met here between Christmas and New Years, and the register shows that about 1350 persons came to the meetings. Many stayed to look around & see the sights, and some to do a little work, after the meeting, so we are hardly yet recovered. Tomorrow I go to New York and Brooklyn to lecture, as "every little helps". Dr. Jordan was here yesterday. Have had hard luck with photographs since my return, not having found anyone who will make good prints. Am just trying 2 new men and hope for better results. As soon as I get a man who will do good work I will have your prints made. Please tell Helen we all are anxious to know which story she likes best and which she thinks funniest. The Merriam family is divided into 3 or 4 parts on this momentous question. My oldest boy, John C. Merrian of Berkeley,3/has been here some time studying his California [cane?] bones in comparison with specimens in our collections. About half are indistinguishable from living species (rabbits, foxes, bobcats, woodrats &c) while among the others are types as different as mast[illegible] & Arst[illegible] - and all from the same [cane?]! We hope that Mrs. Muir has shaken off the last of her rheumati[illegible], that Helen is not growing thin over the senerity of her professors, that Wanda has abstained from falling in love with "this Philosopher", and that the serene dignity of the head of the Muir family will never again be led so far astray as to review another book. With [illegible]es of thanks from all the way up & down the Merriam family for the 'interior decorations' from California, and with continued deferred hopes that
1902 Jan 7
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26.5 cm.
Reel 12, Image 0057
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