A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
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Transcriber: Benny, Ruth
Transcription date: November 4, 2014
Scrutiny: 04/11/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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St. Andrews House
Ayr, N. B.
13th Aug[us]t 1879
My dear Sir
I have just received yours of the 11th inst[ance]. There is certainly no species or well-marked variety of mammal which is peculiar to the British Islands. Sorex rusticus. Jenyns = S.pygmaeus, Pallas + S. minutus, Linn. (the latter name having priority), is widely distributed throughout the Palaearctic Region. Lepus hibernicus, Yarrell = L. Canescens, hilsson, and is merely a low ground variety of Lepus [] variablilis Pallas; it occurs in the Southern provinces of Sweden as well as in Ireland, and its principal peculiarity is that it rarely becomes white in winter. Two "species" of Arnicola have been supposed to be peculiar to Britain namely A. neglecta, Thompson and A. britannicus, De Selys, but they are both certainly identical with the common North European species A. agrestis, De Selys, and cannot be distinguished even as distinct varieties.
[] You will find the references &c. to these synonyms in the second edition of Bell's "British [1 word illeg.]"
I am, Dear Sir | Yours very truly | Edward R. Alston [signature]
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