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Letter 6891

Darwin, C. R. to Blyth, Edward

14 Sept [1869]

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    Thanks EB for his attempts to find out about the mandrills;

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    sorry to hear that he has been so badly treated by the manager of Land and Water.

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Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Septr 14th

My dear Mr. Blyth.

Very many thanks for your attempts to find out about the Mandrills: I have written to several Zoolog. Gardens on the continent, but with no success.— I have got from Sir W. Elliot & others some information about Indian Boar & Elephant confirming your impression.—

I am very sorry to hear that you have been so badly treated by the manager of L. & W. He has cut his own throat; for to my mind your articles were incomparably the best which appeared. I left off taking in L. & W. a little time ago, for I found I had not time to read so many periodicals; but I have doubted since whether I was wise, & this was exclusively on account of your articles.

Anyhow the case is now decided. I must think about the Field.

With many thanks | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 6891.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Blyth, 13 September 1869.
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    f2 6891.f2
    See letter from Edward Blyth, 13 September 1869.
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    f3 6891.f3
    See letter from J. N. Hegt, [23 April 1869], and letter to Max Schmidt, [29 April 1869].
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    f4 6891.f4
    CD cited William Elliot on the wild boar in Descent 1: 267. See letters from Walter Elliot, 7 August 1869 and 7 September 1869.
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    f5 6891.f5
    CD refers to Land and Water; see letter from Edward Blyth, 13 September 1869.
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    f6 6891.f6
    Blyth had started writing for the Field.
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