Spencer Fullerton Baird: A Biography, Including Selections from His Correspondence with Audubon, Agassiz, Dana, and Others

Spencer Fullerton Baird: A Biography, Including Selections from His Correspondence with Audubon, Agassiz, Dana, and Others

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Spencer Fullerton Baird: A Biography, Including Selections from His Correspondence with Audubon, Agassiz, Dana, and Others

Spencer Fullerton Baird: A Biography, Including Selections from His Correspondence with Audubon, Agassiz, Dana, and Others

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The present biography was undertaken by the author with many misgivings. But it was pointed out by those responsible for its publication that most of the persons had passed away who had been intimately associated with its subject and familiar with the development of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum and United States Fish Commission during the greater part of Professor Baird's activities; and of the few remaining hardly any one was so situated as to be able to attempt it. Having known him since 1862; having had the benefit of his teaching and example from 1865 to the time of his too early death; having for years been honored by the gracious hospitality of his home; the task has seemed to the writer a duty not to be lightly undertaken nor hastily refused.

Miss Baird, after the decease of her parents, had thought of preparing and later of collaborating with someone else in the preparation of a biography. Her father's pupil and successor in charge of the National Museum, Professor George Brown Goode, eagerly seconded her efforts, and, had he lived, would without question have assisted in preparing a worthy memorial. However, Miss Baird's health failed; it became clear to her that she could not hope to complete her self-imposed task. Her latest endeavors were rendered incomplete by the illness which terminated in her death. Professor Goode's work progressed no farther than the collection of numerous and valuable memoranda of a genealogical nature, of . . .

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