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November 3 1906
Dear Professor Osborn:
Your letter of Oct. 8th certainly never reached me, for the only knowledge I had of your intention of going to the Fayum was derived from rumors at Cambridge. I certainly think that if you intend to collect at all you will do well to take one of your field men with you. There if any amount of stuff to be got and the best things I found this year were quite on the surface and close to the camps of former years. It is only a question of persistent hunting. When found, however, the difficulties begin, for the bones are as rotten as possible and you will want a skilled man to harden and extract them. Perhaps Capt. Lyons will lend you some of the men who have been out with me or with Beadnell: some of them know all about the processes we employed, but must be looked after because they are always in too much of a hurry to move specimens. I took five days on and off in getting the associated skull and mandible of Palaeomastadon. The other method of collecting is by digging with a lot of men; if you would only employ a dozen or so you would get heaps of specimens in the laces already dug: it is only a question of how many cubic yards of stuff you can get moved. The difficulty of employing a number of men is, of course, getting water for them, but with sufficient camels that can conf be got over. I hope you will have a good time and collect some fine specimens. I shall not be able to go next year and when I do return, if ever, shall hunt for new localities and faunas which I have no doubt are to be found. Many thanks for your very good notice of the Catalogue in "Science."
Chas. W. Andrews
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