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New York, Feby. 7th 1846

     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?]]

H. Meigs Esqr

Recording Secretary of the American Institute
New York City

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[[strikethrough]] Dr. Ruschenberger has in giving this series ^to the^ Public, rendered a benefit to all [readers?, seekers?] by the [[?]] arrangement and valuable information
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