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P.T. Barnum to Moses Kimball, Letter 4, September 1, 1843
Am. Museum Sept. 1st 1843
I am grieved vexed and disappointed -?- hear of the sickness and death (for I know she will die) of the Ourang Outang. D--n the luck -- I have puffed he-r- high and dry -- got a large transparency and a flag 10 -?- 16 feet painted for her -- besides newspaper cut -?- and now curse her -- she must up foot and die. -- -?- is peculiarly distressing from the fact that Tom Thumb-?- Cole -- his dog -- and Great Western all leave this week to
for her -- and she can't come! But some -?- will boil that way and I must grin and bear it. The -?- ar pic -sic- and Amphitheatre all open next Monday -- and of course catch me with my breeches down. --
I send you some papers to give you some i-dea- of the Buffalo chase -- no Buffalo is killed as reported in one of the papers -- they are all safe and right -- I do-n't- know yet how many were there, but probably abou-t- 12,000 -- giving me some $600 -- possibly more -- I shall -know?- precisely tomorrow morning, as it will -take?- them all day to count the sixpences. I expect we cant get up -?- half as good -- next week. -- You will see French advertisement in the papers I send. French is Fitzhugh.
I expect the Serenaders here for next week -- they have not come yet. We continue to take about $200 per day at -both?- Museums -- but next week shall not do half that.
Moses Kimball Esq.