Showing posts with label New Mexico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Mexico. Show all posts

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Letter of the Day: April 2

Curatorial Records: Numbered Correspondence 03022

April 2, 1898.

Mr. Frank J. Otis
Mescalera Agency New Mexico.

Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 28th ult., in regard to the chick with two heads. Such monstrosities are not at all rare and have no commercial value, and as the Museum has already quite a collection of them, I beg to say that the specimen offered by you is declined with thanks.

Very respectfully,
Walter Reed
Surgeon, U.S. Army Curator.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Letter of the day: January 30

I have no idea what "This spaa is also cribriform..." but that's what the letter says.

Surgeon General’s Office
Washington City D.C.
Jany 30th 1866


About 12th September 1865, there was received from you, from Santa Fé, a cranium which has been given the number 4385, in the surgical section of the Army Medical Museum. The specimen shows a discolored surface of six inches by four over the superior anterior portion of the frontal bone. This spaa is also cribriform – No history accompanied the case, and it has been suggested it was one in which scalping had been practiced without immediately fatal results. You are earnestly desired to transmit such notes of the matter as you may possess.

Very respectfully,
Your obedt. servant,
By order of the Surgeon General
[George A. Otis]
Surgeon & Bvt. Lt. Col, U.S. Vols. Curator, A.M. Museum

Bvt Major H.E. Brown,
Assistant Surgeon U.S. Army at Hart’s Island, N.Y.H. [New York Harbor]
Care of Medl. Dir. Dept East, New York