Punch,  43 (1862), 256.

Copy of Correspondence Presented to Both Houses of Congress by Command of Mr Punch



Letter, Spoof


Taxonomy, Ornithology, Zoology, Politics

    Comprises three letters between Mr Punch and Richard Owen discussing the nature of a 'specimen of an American Eagle' sent to Mr Punch by the Secretary of the United States Treasury, Salmon P Chase. Owen informs Mr Punch that the specimen is not an eagle but a 'turkey-buzzard', but the latter stands by his belief that the specimen is an eagle, stressing that he is 'too wide awake to mistake such a "varmint", or indeed, any other kite that Mr. Chase might fly, for the genuine Gold Eagle, which was once the pride of America'.

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