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7 Feb. 1973

Dear Doris:

I worry about you going out evenings peddling. It isn't worth the risk you take there in N.Y. streets. Do take cake of yourself. 

The other day I went up to the bird division to see Dr. Wetmore about giving to the Museum Dad's collection of birds' eggs. You know Dr. Wetmore used to the Secretary of the Smithsonian and is a good friend to Dad. We had quite a chat together. He will be 87 his next birthday. He said he was going down for 2 weeks in the Caribbean next week but when he came back he would come out and get the eggs. He has only the last 2 or 3 years given up going collecting down in Panama inters. He said he is pretty well for an old man and comes down to the Museum regularly. Now there is a chestful of bird skins up in the old barn in Stoughton and I want to get them down here to give to the Museum too. Mrs. Hillman, who lives few houses away, was visiting me the other day. She is an ardent Christian Scientist and has been most interested in what I have to show her of the pictures of my grandmother's family. Now she is planning a trip to Boston the first of June to attend some exercises at the Mother Church there, and said she was driving up with a friend and they meant to drive-out to see my grandfather's house which has been bought by the Christian Scientists and is full of relics of Mrs.Eddy. And I asked her if they could bring back the bird skins. You know I always go up the first week in June too, so I think I can get them back here. 

I look out and see folks carrying umbrellas--it is raining again and snow is predicted for tomorrow. I've got to get some groceries to stock up and must quit a bit early. I have good neighbors, though, that have offered to shop for me if I can't get out.

Now Doris, take care of yourself and don't get too tired and don't run any risks.

With love,

Transcription Notes:
7 Feb. 1973 Dear Doris: I worry about you going out evenings peddling. It isn't worth the risk you take there in N.Y. streets. Do take cake of yourself. The other day I went up to the bird division to see Dr. Wetmore about giving to the Museum Dad's collection of birds' eggs. You know Dr. Wetmore used to the Secretary of the Smithsonian and is a good friend to Dad. We had quite a chat together. He will be 87 his next birthday. He said he was going down for 2 weeks in the Caribbean next week but when he came back he would come out and get the eggs. He has only the last 2 or 3 years given up going collecting down in Panama inters. He said he is pretty well for an old man and comes down to the Museum regularly. Now there is a chestful of bird skins up in the old barn in Stoughton and I want to get them down here to give to the Museum too. Mrs. Hillman, who lives few houses away, was visiting me the other day. She is an ardent Christian Scientist and has been most interested in what I have to show her of the pictures of my grandmother's family. Now she is planning a trip to Boston the first of June to attend some exercises at the Mother Church there, and said she was driving up with a friend and they meant to drive-out to see my grandfather's house which has been bought by the Christian Scientists and is full of relics of Mrs.Eddy. And I asked her if they could bring back the bird skins. You know I always go up the first week in June too, so I think I can get them back here. I look out and see folks carrying umbrellas--it is raining again and snow is predicted for tomorrow. I've got to get some groceries to stock up and must quit a bit early. I have good neighbors, though, that have offered to shop for me if I can't get out. Now Doris, take care of yourself and don't get too tired and don't run any risks. With love,

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