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[[start page]] New York, Feby. 7th 1846 Sir, I have received your note of Jany 3d Lastly, along with a Book writen and of one of a publishing by Docr. Ruchenberger, on ornithology [[strikethrough]] prepared for the use of Colleges & schools. I have read the Book quite thoroughly, and all I can say about its contents, is; that, although I have somewhat [[?]] during a great number of years, as a student in Ornithology. I found therein many things and objects which I should have been [[acquainted?]] with, ^but which, I am almost [[strikethrough]] [[ashamed?]] [[to?]] acknowledge [[in?]] [[fact]] have proved quite new to me. This I trust will serve sufficient to Dr. Ruschenberger and I have the honor to receive very [[respectfully?]] Your Obt Servant John J [[Hudenbury?, Hardenburg?]] To H. Meigs Esqr Recording Secretary of the American Institute New York City [[end page]] [[start on left hand side of page]] [[?]] [[strikethrough]] Dr. Ruschenberger has in giving this series ^to the^ Public, rendered a benefit to all [readers?, seekers?] by the [[?]] arrangement and valuable information [[end page]]
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