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The recent appearance of Wraight & Roberts' sequicentennial historical account of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey calls to mind the splendid natural-history collections that G. W. Wurdemann, tidal-observer and meteorologist, made during the years 1844 to 1859, especially in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. As no extended biographical notice of this naturalist has appeared in the nearly one-hundred years that have passed since his death, the present note may be of interest to students of the history of scientific exploration in the early South and Southwest.

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