Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale, 5 November 1807

Washington Nov. 5. 07

Dear Sir

I have recieved from Capt. Pike two cubs of the Grisly bear taken on the Rio Bravo. they were taken when too young to eat without being fed, have been ever since with the men on their journey, generally at large in their camp & perfectly gentle. they are now in a cage, & appear quite good humored. they are male and female. They would certainly be more in the way of extending information if exhibited in your Museum to it’s numerous visitors. if they would be acceptable to you I will send them on by the first vessel. Capt. Hand is either here now or hourly expected, so that if you could determine me by the return of post, affirmatively, they might go in his vessel. they are fed almost entirely on Indian bread.   further trial of the Stylograph convinces me it can never take the place of the Polygraph but with travellers, as it is so much more portable. the fetid smell of the copying paper would render a room pestiferous, if filled with presses of such papers. I salute you affectionately

Th: Jefferson


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