Fort Custer, M.T. [Montana Territory]
Aug. 6th, 1880.
Major G. A. Otis,
My dear Sir;
I have just received your “List of the Specimens in the Anatomical Section of the U.S. Army Medical Museum.” I notice on p. 118 that the Museum has only two crania of Crow Indians.
I think I can obtain a number of specimens of this tribe for you, and also one or two complete skeletons.
If you will send me, from time to time, similar catalogues you may publish, I will gladly supply any deficiencies in my power.
Besides the skeletons of mammals and birds sent you recently from Fort Shaw, I have already a number of species new to the collection, that I have obtained in this locality, but as I am constantly adding to them I will not forward them at present.
I am, Sir,
Very truly yours,
James C. Merrill
Capt. + Ass’t. Surg. U.S.A.