It is "more pleasant to look at a splendid sea-otter skin than to examine half the pictures that are stuck up for exhibition — excepting a beautiful woman and a lovely infant… the sea otter's pelt is the most beautiful natural object in the word". They went for $ 500 a pelt in China in 1820. From Fur, Fortune and Empire by Eric Jay Dolin, a book I'm reading, purchased at L.L Bean in Maine with the Floyd little ones and Aubrey after a trip to the Desert of Maine and the ropes course (Monkey See Monkey Do), and the Farnsworth and the Owl's Head Museum, and lawn bowling, fishing, shuffleboard, swimming in the Vinalhaven quarries et al. Glad to be back and fortunately not much happened in the market while I was away, Ha.


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