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Letter 4950

Darwin, C. R. to Blyth, Edward

10 Dec [1866]

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    Asks for reference to EB's article about tame deer on island in Aral Sea.


Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 10th

My dear Mr Blyth

I hope that you will forgive me troubling you; when I had the very agreeable walk with you at Zoolog. Gardens, you said that you shd. give in ``Land & Water'' case of tame deer in Isd. of Aral sea.— I have carefully looked in vain for this account.

Will you have the kindness to give the Vol. year & page in Geograph. Journal, where I can find this account & oblige me much?

Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 4950.f1
    The year is established by the reference to Blyth's article in Land and Water (see n. 3, below).
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    CD had been in London from 22 until 29 November 1866 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)); he refers to the Zoological Gardens in Regent's Park.
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    Blyth's notice on the `tame deer' (see n. 4, below) appeared in Land and Water, 15 December 1866, p. 495, under the pseudonym `Zoophilus', which he used for his contributions to the paper. The Aral Sea, which is an inland sea or salt lake, is in central Asia in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
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    The reference is to the account of tame saigas (Saiga tatarica) by Aleksey Ivanovich Butakoff in his `Survey of the Sea of Aral', published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (Butakoff 1852, pp. 94--5).
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