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November 3, 1965.

Mr. H. Stadthagen,
79 Johnson Street,
Victoria, B.C.

My dear Mr. Stadthagen:-

The material sent to Mr. Heye reaches him yesterday and I have never seen a collector more disappointed with a shipment than he was with this one.  He had looked forward to the pleasure of examining a fine lot of old specimens, such as he had obtained from you before, but the sight of the new Indian material that you sent brought him to the realization that you are not faithfully described the specimens and that they were not as you had represented.

I cannot understand how you could send such obviously new material to a collector such as Mr. Heye.  True there are one or two pieces that might be used in a collection, such as the carved human figures but the balance is so bad that it could not be used in any way whatsoever.  Mr. Heye has asked me to have the box with all of the smaller objects returned to you and they will go by express to-day.  I shall turn the customs invoice over to the express company so that the duty will be the same as when you sent it, that is if you cannot have them passed free of duty; I should think that, in view of the fact that you sent the material through the customs such a short time ago there

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