Asks for a letter on the tameness of deer, written by Commander A. Boutakoff to R. I. Murchison and printed in the Journal [J. R. Geogr. Soc. 23 (1853): 93–101].
Down Bromley | Kent
Will you kindly do me a favour?— M
Forgive me troubling you | & believe me | Dear Bates | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 5312.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. W. Bates, 19 December 1866.
- f2 5312.f2Bates was assistant secretary of the Royal Geographical Society of London. CD had asked Edward Blyth for the reference to Aleksey Ivanovich Butakoff's article, which was communicated to the society by Roderick Impey Murchison (Butakoff 1852; see letter to Edward Blyth, 10 December  and n. 4, and letter from Edward Blyth, 13 [December] 1866).