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February 18, 1805.

My dear Professor:-
Have been working day and night on an illustrated card catalogue of the pottery to be found in the Pueblos of the Southwest, and therefore have not had time to examine the specimens that you sent on for examinations. The card catalogue that I mentioned was prepared for a demonstration of what a collection of pottery from the southwest should be. Mrs. Robert De Forest, wife of the trustee of the Art Museum, is making a collection of what may be termed the "Poll pottery" of various tribes. She arranged with Saville to buy typical pieces in Mexico and she was referred to Mr. Hyde for the Southwestern region. Mr. Hyde made an appointment with her and had a talk which resulted in a meeting at the museum yesterday morning. She has intendse[?] to avoid scientific troubles and collect only in a general way but Mr. Hyde and I formulated a scheme to interest her in a more careful method of bringing together material. I can show you what this plan was better than I can describe it so we will draw a long story to a focus and say the the result of our talk, in which Mr. Hyde, Prof. Lumpus, and Mr. Saville joined, was the giving of $1000.00 for Southwestern work and $1500.00 for a years work in Mexico. The first will be used in connection with other funds for the purchase of ethnological material, by the undersigned, the second amount to be offered to Hartmann for a years search in Mexico.
Mr. Hyde is very much pleased and we hope that Hartmann will be free to undertake the Mexican part of the work. Saville saw Hartman

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