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5 December 2006
AUDUBON, John James. Autograph letter signed ("John J. Audubon") to Richard Harlan, London, 30 March 1836. 1 page, 4to, strengthened along folds.
"NEXT MONTH NOS. 59 & 60 GO TO NEW YORK": AUDUBON WRITES TO AN AGENT ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE 'BIRD''S PUBLICATION
Audubon mentions receiving a letter of thanks for Harlan's book from William Yarrell, author of A History of British Fishes and A History of British Birds. "I was hoping that it was your Diploma from The Zoological, but Yarrel [sic] says that no deaths have occurred, and that you must wait until one takes place. -- I have hear that you have sent your book to Mr. King alias the Noble Lord of Kingsborough, but he will not bite and this I could have told you. Havel [sic] has been obliged to enter a suit against him for accounts unpaid since many Years. On the 5th of Next Month Nos. 59 & 60 go to New York along with the title-page of the third Vol. I dare say you have received and read the 3d Vol. of [the Orinithological] Biogf."
At this time, Audubon had known Dr. Richard Harlan (1796-1843) of Philadelphia for a decade. A physician, naturalist and author of Fauna Americana, Harlan was often enlisted to provide Audubon with news from the United States relating to sales of his work, act as agent for the sale of his Ornithological Biography, and provide specimens for the fourth volume of the Birds.
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