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drudgery which can just as well be done by a person of very mediocre attainments. The amount of such work to be done is far greater than any one except the Curator is likely to realize and there is already enough to keep a good workman busy for five years even if there were no accessions during that time. 

The present writer would be able even with his limited leisure to direct work of this sort and accomplish much toward a regulation of the shell collection; but it is quite evident that a curator is needed who can devote his whole time to the department. Were the circumstance such as to render it possible for your reporter to do this, it would be a very grateful task. Should it be certain that this is impracticable he would cordially welcome and assist to the utmost of his ability any competent person who might be entrusted with it.
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