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EBS letter of August 27 — 1963 6-9-65 10-15-64 2-26-64 9-21-64 9-21-64 1-28-64 1-28-64 DEAR ELIZABETH: DEAR ELIZABETH DEAR ELIZABETH: DEAR ELIZABETH: DEAR ELIZABETH: Dear Elizabeth: Dear Elizabeth: Yes, I'd like a pair of Bicos de Lacre Yes, I'd like a pair of Bicos de Lacre — Yes, I would like a pair of Bicos de Lacre — Yes, I'd like a pair of “ Bicos de Lacre ”— Yes, I 'd would like a pair of Bicos de Lacre-- Yes, I would like a pair of Bicos de Lacre . Yes, I would like a pair
of Bicos de Lacre
Yes, I would like a pair of Bicos Yes, I 'd would like a pair of Bicos
de Lacre -- But is it( "Beaks
Yes, I would like a pair of Bica Lacquas - Yes, I would like a pair of Bica Lacquas meaning beaks of "lacquer" or "sealing wax"? meaning beaks of "lacquer" or "sealing wax?" is it beaks of lacquer or of sealing wax?— but beaks of "lacquer" or "sealing wax"? Is it " B eaks of lacquer ? " O r of " sealing wax?" -- Is it beaks of laquer or of sealing wax?- Is it beaks of lacquer
or of sealing wax?
de Lacre. But is it "beaks
of lacquer" or "sealing wax?"--
of lacquer" or "sealing wax?"-- Is it "beaks of lacquer" or of "sealing wax? - (the words are the same in Portuguese) --the words are the same in Portuguese— the words being the same in Portuguese— the words are the same in Portuguese— T he words are the same in Portuguese -- The words are the same in Portuguese. The words are the same in Portuguese. the words are the same in Portuguese. the words are the same in Portuguese )-- the words are the same in Portuguese

"...about 3 long inches including the tail, "about 3 inches long including the tail, "about three inches long including the tail, "about three inches long including the tail, " A bout three inches long, including the tail-- "About three inches long including the tail, "About three inches long
including the tail,
" About three inches long including the tail. " A bout three inches long including the tail -- about 3" long including the tail - with red (" about 3" long, including the tail, red bills and narrow bright red masks..." red bills and narrow bright red masks..." with red bills and narrow bright red masks— with red bills and narrow bright red masks— with red bills and narrow bright red masks. with red bills and narrow bright red masks--the male with red bills and narrow
bright red masks—the male
With red bills and narrow bright
red masks. " You say t T he male
withR red bills and narrow bright
red masks, andT he male
bills and narrow bright red masks. The male, with red bills and narrow bright red masks." You say the male has a sort of "drooping You say the male has a sort of "drooping The male with a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache, The male with a sort of drooping The male has a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache-- with a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache, with a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache, has a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache-- you say, has a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache,

The male, you say, has a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache-one black stripe"--

mandarin-mustache—one black stripe"—

one black stripe, you say, "otherwise the sexes mandarin-mustache, one black stripe”— one black stripe..." one black stripe..." Otherwise the sexes

one black stripe…” has a sort of drooping mandarin-mustache--
one black stripe. "
one black stripe,"
you say--
just one black stripe - otherwise they're alike: mandarin-mustache--one black stripe-- otherwise the sexes are alike. "Tiny but are just alike: "tiny but plump, shading from brown otherwise the sexes are like. "Tiny but plump, Otherwise, you say, the sexes are alike, you say

are alike, you say: "Plump but tiny, Otherwise the sexes are alike, you say. Otherwise as you say ,
Otherwise the sexes are alike:
O therwise, you say the sexe x s are alike...

otherwise they're exactly alike. "Tiny, plump, shading from brown and gray on top plump, shading from brown and gray on top and gray on top, to pale beige, white, shading from brown and gray on top, to pale beige, and " T iny but plump, " you say,
" shading from brown to gray on top,
shading from brown to gray on top, "Tiny but plump, shading from brown to gray "Tiny but plump, shading from brown to gray
on top to pale
" T iny but plump, shading from brown to gray
on top--
"Tiny but plump, incredibly soft, they shade but plump, their feathers incredibly soft, shade
from brown to gray on top, to pale beige, then
to pale beige, white, and a rose red spot to pale beige, white, and a rose red spot and a rose red spot on the belly." Their feathers, white, and a rose red spot on the belly." to pale beige, then white with a rose red spot to pale beige, then white, with a rose red spot on top, to pale beige then white
with a rose red spot
beige, then white,
with a ro ws e red spot / on the belly..."
to pale beige,
beige, then white
with a rose red spot
from brown to gray on top, to pale beige, then

white, with a rose red spot on the belly ...
white, with a rose red spot on the belly." on the belly" --their feathers, you tell on the belly"—their feathers, you tell you tell me, are incredibly beautiful— Their feathers, you tell me, are incredibly on the belly , -- on the belly. Their feathers, you tell me, on the belly…”
Their feathers, you tell me,
The ir feathers, you write, on the belly.."
T he feathers "incredibly soft,"
you write,
The pattern of plumage so fine, you tell me, that me, incredibly beautiful "alternating me, incredibly beautiful "alternating "alternating lights and darks like nearly invisible beautiful—"alternating lights and darks their with The feathers, you write tell me are are incredibly soft, are incredibly soft, alternating lights and darks "are incredibly soft,
alternating lights and darks
are" incredibly soft you write "and " alternate almost invisible ripples that alternate lights and one has to put on reading glasses to appreciate it:
ripples of color, alternating lights and darks,
lights and darks like nearly invisible lights and darks like nearly invisible wave-marks on a sand-flat when the tide’s out, like nearly invisible wave-marks on a sand-flat "alternating lights and darks ,
like nearly invisible wave- marks
like nearly invisible wave-marks on a sand-flat like nearly invisible wave marks lights and darks in like nearly invisible wave-marks ripples, like " alternate
lights and darks
like nearly invisible wave-marks
darks , like wet wavelet- marks on a sand flat when

wave--marks on a sandflat at low tide,

wave-marks on a sandflat at low tide—

when the tide’s out—with a pattern so fine on a sand flat when the tide's out -- "

when the tide's out." And with a pattern

on a sand-flat when the tide’s out.” wet wave-marks
on a sand flat whent he tide's out--"
on a sand flat when the tide's out" just like wavelet-marks on the sand flat and with a pattern so fine one must put on and with a pattern so fine one must put on and with a pattern so fine one must put on reading one must put on reading glasses to appreciate th
and with a the pattern so fine one you must wear put on reading glasses
so fine, you "must put on reading glasses And with a pattern so fine in a The pattern 's so fine, you tell
that you
in a pattern so fine, you tell
me, that you
the tide's out" - the pattern so fine, you tell me , reading glasses to appreciate it properly." reading glasses to appreciate it properly." glasses to appreciate it properly.”

them properly.” Well, do they sing? If so, to appreciate it properly. " to appreciate it properly." you "must put on reading glasses
to appreciate it properly.”

must put on reading glasses to
appreciate
it properly! Well,
must put on reading glasses to
appreciate
it properly! Well,

that one must put on reading glasses to appreciate it Well, do they sing? If so, I expect their Well, do they sing? If so, I expect their Well, do they sing? If so, I expect their note Well, do they sing? If so, I expect Well, do they sing? If so, I expect Well, do they sing?
If so, I expect / their not is extreme—
and do they sing?
If so, I expect
and do they sing?
If so, I expect
properly. And do they sing? If they do, why I'll

when the tide's out. Do they sing? If they do, note is extreme. Not something one hears, note is extreme. Not something one hears, is extreme. Not something one hears, but must I expect their note is extreme. Not something their note is extreme. Not something one hears , their note is extreme. Not something one hears not something one hears their note is extreme. Not something
one hears,
their note is extreme. Not something
one hears,
bet their note is so high , and extreme, it's not I'll bet their note is beyond range--minute,
and so extreme it's not something one hears
but must watch the cat's ears to detect. but must watch the cat's ears to detect. watch the cat's ears to detect. You mention their one hears, but must watch the cat's ears to detect. but must watch the cat's ears to detect ... but must watch the cat's ears to detect. but must watch the cat's ears
to detect.
but must watch the cat's
ears
to detect.
but must watch the cat's
ears
to detect.

something one hears , but must watch the cat's ears one must watch the cat's ears to detect it! And their nest, that's "smaller than a fist, And their nest, that's "smaller than a fist, You mention their nest that’s "smaller than a fist, You mention their nest that’s "smaller than a fist, You mention their ne xs t that's "smaller than a fist, You mention their nest
that’s "smaller than a fist,

You mention their nest
that’s "smaller than a fist,
You mention their ne xs t,
that's
"smaller than a fist,
You mention that their nest,
that's
"smaller than a fist,
to detect it. "Their nest," you say , "is smaller

" Their nest must be small as a fist, with a doorway in the side just wide enough

with a doorway in the side just wide enough

in the side just wide enough for both to get into with a doorway in the side just wide enough with a doorway in the side just wide enough with a doorway in the side just wide with a doorway in the side with a doorway in the side
just
wide
with a doorway in the side
just
wide
than a fist, with a door way in the side just wide with a doorway in the side barely wide enough for each to get into to sleep." They must for
for both to get into to sleep" —They must
to sleep.” They must be very delicate— for both to get into to sleep.” They must be very for both to get into, to sleep ."

enough for both to get into to sleep." They must just wide / enough for both to get into to sleep.” enough for both to get
into, to sleep
They must
enough for both to get
into, to sleep."
They must
enough for both to get into, to sleep. They're , very for both to get into, to sleep."
and I'd
promise, my very best, to manage their care.
be very delicate, not easy to keep. Still, be very delicate, not easy to keep. Still not easy to keep. Still, on the back porch on delicate—not easy to keep. Still, on the back They must be very delicate , I'll bet--
they're not easy to keep . Still ,
be very delicate. Not easy to keep. Still, They must be very / delicate.
Not easy to keep.
Still,
be very very
delicate. I'll bet
they're not east to keep
Still,
be very, very
delicate. I'll bet
they're not easy to keep.
Still,

delicate..." I understand. Not easy to keep.

"They're very delicate." not easy to keep Never mind. On the on the back porch on Perry St., here, I'd on the back porch on Perry St.
here, I'd
Perry Street
here, I would build them a little Brazil .
porch on Perry Street
here, I could build them
on the back porch on Perry Street
, here,
on the back porch on Perry Street
here,
on the back porch, on Perry
on the back porch on Perry

Street here--depend upon it--I will
Still, on the back porch, on Perry

Street here--depend upon it I will
Well, never mind. On the back porch, on Perry
back porch on Perry St.
here I'd I'll build I will build them a little Brazil- I will save
build them a little Brazil . I'd save every build them a little Brazil . I'd save every I’d save every shred and splinter of New York a little Brazil . I’d save every shred and splinter I would build them a little Brazil . I could would build them a little Brazil. Street here, I could build them a little Brazil . build them a little Brazil .
I'll save every shred
build them a little Brazil .
I'll save every shred
St. here, I will build them a little Brazil-- . shred and splinter of New York sunshine shred and splinter of New York sunshine, of New York sunshine, and work through the winter I'd save every shred, and every splinter of New York sunshine, I''d save every shred and splinter of New York I’d save ever shred
and splinter
of New York
sunshine, and work
and splinter
of New York
sunshine, and work
and splinter
of New York
sunshine, and work
I' will save every shred of New York

every shred of New York sunshine from June and work through the winter to weave them and work through the winter to weave them sunshine, and work through the winter to weave and work through the winter to weave them a bed -- sunshine, and work through the winter

through the winter
to weave
all winter
to weave a bed--
all winter
to weave
sunshine, from June to September, and work
through the winter to weave them a bed -
to September, and work through the winter to a bed. A double, exactly their size,

a bed. A double, exactly their size,

them a bed—a double exactly their size, to weave them a bed—a double exactly their size— a double, exactly their size, to weave them a bed—a double exactly their size, them a bed—
a double exactly their size,
a double, exactly that size, a bed--
a double, exactly that size,
a double, exactly their size - inside a house with

with a roof like the Ark. I'd make sure to with a roof like the Ark—making sure to with a roof of thatch—and make shure to leave with a roof of thatch. I’d make sure to leave with beneath a roof of thatch --
making sure to leave a little oval hatchway

with a roof of thatch–making sure to leave with a roof of thatch—
making sure to leave
beneath a roof like an ark, making sure
to leave
beneath a roof like an ark , making sure
to leave
leave an entrance in the side. I'd set it leave an entrance in the side. I'd set it a little oval hatchway in the side—and set it in a little hatchway in the side—and set it in making sure to leave a little oval hatch way a little oval hatchway in the side— a little oval hatchway
in the side—and set it in
the right kind of door-- the right kind of door-- in among the morning-glories where the in among the morning glories where the among the morning glories where the gold-headed flies, among the morning glories where the gold-headed flies, in the side--and set it in among the morning glor ies and set it in among the morning glories among the morning glories and set it in among the morning glories and set it in among the morning glories the right kind of door, in among the M orning gold-headed flies, small as needles' eyes, gold-headed flies, small as needles' eyes, small as needles’ eyes, are plentiful.

small as needles’ eyes, are plentiful. where the gold-headed flies,
small as needles' eyes are and are plentiful.
where the gold–headed flies,
small as needles' eyes, are plentiful.
where the gold-headed flies,
small as needles’ eyes,
where the gold-headed flies,
small as needles' eyes,
where the gold-headed flies,
small as needles' eyes,
Glories , where the golden-headed flies,
minute as needles' eyes, are plentiful.

are plentiful. Although "their egg is apt are plentiful. Although "their egg is apt "Although their egg is apt to be barely as big Although "their egg is apt to be barely as big "Although their egg is apt to be barely as big "Although their egg is apt to be barely

are plentiful.

"Although their egg is apt to be barely
are plentiful.
"Although
their egg is apt to be barely
are plentiful. "Although

Although
their egg is apt to be be barely
"...Although their egg is apt to be barely sew them a bed. Altho So Their egg, to be barely as big as a baked bean.." to be barely as big as a baked bean..." as a baked bean," you say. It rarely hatches as a baked bean,” you say. It rarely hatches as a baked bean ." It rarely hatches in captivity, as big as a baked bean," as you say. as big as a baked bean," as big as a baked bean" as big as a baked bean." as big as a baked bean ..." It rarely hatches you say, is apt to be only about as big as It rarely hatches in captivity, you mean--

It rarely hatches in captivity, you mean? —

in captivity, you mean. But we could hope! in captivity, you mean. But we could hope! you mean . But then, yet, who knows, it might! It rarely hatches in captivity, you mean. as you say. It rarely
hatches in captivity, you mean.
It rarely
hatches in captivity, you mean.
It rarely
hatches in captivity, you mean.
in captivity, you mean. Still, we could hope...


as a baked bean. It rarely hatches in captivity,
but we could hope! In today's letter you Today, again you write: “The Bicos de Lacre Today, again you write: “The Bicos de Lacre But who knows? I would hope Today again you write but here it might! but we could hope! In today's letter you you mean. Still, I could hope...The Bica Lacquas ...is it "beaks
of lacquer" or "sealing wax?" -- the words are
write, "The Bicos de Lacre are adorable as write, "The Bicos de Lacre are adorable as are as adorable as ever—so tiny—so neat are as adorable as ever—so tiny—so neat, ever--so tiny, neat, and taking baths ever—so tiny, neat, and taking baths taking baths constantly in this heat—in about a taking baths constantly in this heat—in about constantly in this heat, in about 1/4 inch constantly in this heat, in about 1/4 inch a quarter inch of water! Then returning to their of water--then returning to their filthy of water—then returning to their filthy quarter inch of water! Then returning to their filthy little nest to lay another egg which never the Bicos de Lacre , on their perch on my porch. little nest to lay another egg--which little nest to lay another egg—which filthy little nest to lay another egg which "From the front they look like a pair never hatches." But here it might! And it

delnever hatches" But here it might And it

never hatches.” But here it might hatches.” But here it might! And it doesn’t matter of half-ripe strawberries , " you told tell me

But who knows? It might! But then, you know,
it might!
But then, you know,
it might!

doesn't matter that "their voice is weak, doesn't matter that "their voice is weak, And it doesn’t matter that they have no song that "their voice is very nice but weak, and they Yes, except for that stripe. they have no song." I can see them as I they have no song." I can see them as I I can see them as I write—on their perch have no song." I can see them as I write— I can see them as I write --

I can see them as I write— I can see them as I write,
the Bicos de Lacre ,
I can see them as I write, I can see them as I write, write--on their perch on my porch. "From write—on their perch on my porch – "From on my porch. at night, as you describe, on their perch on my porch. Except for that fine the Bicos de Lacre --on their perch on my porch. the Bicos de Lacre , on their perch on my porch. on their perch on my porch. the Bicos de Lacre --on their perch
on my porch.
the Bicos de Lacre --on their perch
on my porch.
Oh, I can visualize them now, on their perch
on my porch - the Bica Lacquas. " From the
the same in Portugu e se. "From the front the front they look like a pair of half- the front they look like a pair of half— “the cage looks empty and I have a moment’s fright, black line beside the beak of the male, "from "From the front they look like a pair of half- ripe "From the front they look like a pair "From the front they look like a pair
of half-ripe
From the front they look like a pair half-ripe red "From the front they look like a pair
of half-ripe
front they look like a pair of half- ripe they look like a pair of half-ripe strawberries" ripe strawberries"--except for that stripe. ripe strawberries—except for that stripe. then see the little straw nest moving softly.” the front they look like a pair of half-ripe st re awberries." Yes, except for that stripe ... of half-ripe strawberries," you told tell me strawberries.
Yes, except for that stripe.
strawberries-- white and red
except for that stripe.
strawberries--
white and red."
Yes, except or course, for that stripe.

straw berries ." Except for that stripe , as you "At night the cage looks empty" just as "At night the cage looks empty," just as From the front, except for that fine black line strawberries.” At night, as you describe, "the cage Yes, except for that stripe. you say. I have "a moment's fright"--

you say. I have "a moment's fright"—

you confess you "already have two unwed female looks empty—I have a moment’s fright, then see the straw nest moving softly. then see the straw nest moving softly. wild canaries for which you must find husbands” then see the little straw nest moving softly." Yes, dear Elizabeth, if you would be so Yes, dear Elizabeth, if you would be so xxxxx Yes, dear Elizabeth, I’d like them! If you Yes, dear Elizabeth, I’d like a pair of Bicos Yes, Elizabeth I'd like them!! dear Elizabeth, Yes, dear Elizabeth, I'd like them! Yes, dear Elizabeth, I’d like them!
If you would be so kind—
Yes, I'd like them, dear
Elizabeth! If you
would be so kind.
Yes, I'd like them, dear
Elizabeth! If you
would be so kind.
say. yes, I'd like them! If you would be --except for that stripe. Yes, I'd like them! kind, I'd like a pair of Bicos de Lacre -- xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
kind, I'd like a pair of Bicos de Lacre —
de Lacre. If you would be so kind. Especially as,
in your P.S. you confess you "already
If you would be so kind. Especially as If you would be so kind. Especially as especially as in your P.S. you confess, especially as in your P.S. you confess: would be so kind. Especially as, in your P.S. in you P.S. you confess you already have two unwed if you would be so kind . Especially as in your P.S. Especially as, in your P.S.
you confess,
Especially as, in your P.S.
you confess
Especially as, in your P.S.
you confess
so kind . Especially as, in your P.S. you

in your P.S. you say, you already have two unwed "I already have two unwed female wild "I already have two unwed female wild you confess you “already have two unwed female female wild canaries, for which you must find you confess you " already have two unwed female have two unwed female wild canaries you "already have two unwed
female wild canaries
you already "have two
unwed
female wild canaries
you already "have two
unwed
female wild canaries
confess you already have two unwed female wild female wild canaries, for which you must find canaries, for which I must find husbands canaries, for which I must find husbands wild canaries for which you must find husbands” for which you must find husbands" for which you must find
husbands in order to have a
for which you're trying to find for which you 're trying to must find
husbands " so as to
canaries, for which you are trying to find wild canaries , for which you must find husbands ," in order to have a little song around here."

in order to have a little song around here."

in order to have a little song around there.

in order to have a little song around there.

little song around there.

husbands, so as to / have
a little song around here."
have a little song around here."

husbands, so as to havve a little song around there. husbands, in order to have a little song around there. 48 91