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Dearest Minnie, It is too bad not to have answered your question before, but I think your Gǣwonderful little blackheaded wormsGǥ must be the same as some strange slimy little blackheaded creatures that I found both in country and town last autumn among papers. If they are Persian insect powder freely used will exterminate them. Mine were very tiny and most unpleasant little gray things, and I supposed were regular GǣbookwormsGǥ. You need not be afraid of the insect powder. I use it for furs and all sorts of things and it seems to hurt nothing, but the odor is unpleasant. I am so sorry you are still so overwhelmed with work and hope very much you are not going to be so crowded all the rest of the year. It is at least nice that your work with the graduate students is pleasant. Try to take a little care of yourself and not to work too hard. I was entertained by your account of Dr. Jacobi. She certainly is clever, [illegible] you found her so in a tedious way, which I grant might not be impossible. Lovingly yours, Mary E.G.
Letter from Mary Elizabeth Garrett to M. Carey Thomas, March 27, 1890
Mary Garrett writes to M. Carey Thomas regarding insects that have been found both at Bryn Mawr and Baltimore, that Garrett thinks might be bookworms. She encourages Thomas to use an insect powder, though the odor is unpleasant. She expresses hope that Thomas's schedule will not be as busy for the rest of the year, but is glad to hear that things are going well with the grad students.
Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915 (author)
Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935 (addressee)