Spencer F. Baird, Secretary. Miles City, MT
Washington , DC Dec. 21, 1886
Professor Spencer F. Baird,
Dear Sir: --
My lost courier turned up alive after six days and nights out in the blizzard with only a raw sage hen for food, and although he came very near perishing he is now all right. As soon as possible three teams were sent to us, and we all arrived here yesterday safe and well with our entire collection in the best of order. I am now busy packing the collection and setting up the affairs of the expedition, so that at the earliest date possible we can start homeward.
I have received the three drafts you were so kind as to send me, for $250, $100, and $200,