Asa M. Abbott

Apparently, yes, he received a reply from LeConte, per Mifflin in The Blue Tattoo. I now have a little fantasy of adding a copy of that letter and LeConte’s San Francisco Herald article to the LeConte Papers. I am not sure if that fantasy falls more firmly in the “archivist” or “historian” category…but either way, I am pleased to have that sort of fantasy. I am also pleased/amused/unsurprised to note contact interest in the subject of the Oatmans (to say nothing of nineteenth century scientific endeavors), contracted as a result of working with the original materials.