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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Taylor, Simon
Transcription date: April 7, 2015
Scrutiny: 07/04/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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11 Wellington Mansions
North Bank NW
My dear Sir,
I am having a few diagrams made to illustrate a lecture on Mr. Darwins theory and am anxious to exhibit some striking cases of 'simple variability.' In your classical memoir on Malayalam butterflies you mention P. Severus but you []3 do not figure the varieties.
I write to ask you if you would oblige me so far as to refer me to any set of figures of one species or form of Butterfly clearly illustrating 'simple variability.'
It is a matter of indifference where the Butterfly comes from.
I daresay you could also quite readily tell me of some striking instances (with reference to []4 figures showing the facts) in some other Insects or in Birds. You would confer a real favour by giving me this aid. I have selected two examples amongst Fishes and several Plants but have some difficulty in getting figures from among animals.
Believe me, dear Sir, | Yours very truly | E Ray Lankester5 [signature]
1. Top right, unknown hand, "192".
2. Under date, unknown hand, "(Not later than 1888)".
3. Top right, unknown hand, "193".
4. Bottom right, British Museum stamp.
5. Lankester, Sir E Ray, KCB, FRS (1847 – 1929). British zoologist.
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