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Record number: WCP2404

Sent by:
Edwin Ray ("Ray") Lankester
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
13 November 

Sent by Edwin Ray ("Ray") Lankester, 11 Wellington Mansions, North Bank, N.W. to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 13 November .

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2404.2294)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46436 ff. 192-193
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edwin Ray ("Ray") Lankester Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1 2

11 Wellington Mansions

North Bank NW

Nov[ember]. 13th

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 [[2]]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 [[3]]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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