When fortunate enough to get any specimens of Mice I will put them in Rum.
– Donald Gunn to Spencer Baird. Feb 20, 1856.*
O fur of fortune
bottom of the cask
Ho ho ho
*The title and epigraph are from Donald Gunn’s letter to Spencer Baird in The Modern Beginnings of Subarctic Ornithology: Northern Correspondence with the Smithsonian Institution, 1856-68, edited and introduced by Debra Lindsay. Winnipeg: Manitoba Record Society, 1991. A fascinating book.