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From Louis Sulpice Bouton to Charles Tilstone Beke1    24 September [1856]2

Mon cher Mr Beke

Je vais faire des recherches à tête reposée dans le Museum & les Transactions pouvoir vous envoyer plus tard des renseignements plus précis—3

T à vs | L. Bouton 24 Sep

Extrait d’une lettre de M Autard de Bragard— Savane—4 17 Sept— 1856

En 1835—36—ou 37, j’ai envoyé à la Société d’histoire naturelle un Merle huppé de Bourbon5 “Turdus cafer” pris au Morne Brabant peu de temps après un coup de vent— aussi un autre oiseau tué à la Savane reconnu appartenir à une espèce de Madagascar—

Vous trouverez ces individus au Museum et ce qui les concerne inséré dans les transactions de la Société—

CD annotations

Top of first page: ‘Case of Madagascan Bird blown to Mauritius & one from Bourbon.—’ pencil; ‘19’6 brown crayon

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix I.
The year is given by the extract included in the letter.
See letter from Victor de Robillard, 20 September 1856, in which it is mentioned that Charles Tilstone Beke had communicated a request from CD to the Société d’Histoire Naturelle of Mauritius. Bouton was secretary of the society until his death in 1878.
Savanne is a district of south-west Mauritius.
Bourbon was the former name of Réunion Island, 130 miles south-west of Mauritius. The bird was possibly the now extinct Réunion huppe (see letter from Victor de Robillard, 26 February 1857).
The number of CD’s portfolio of notes on the geographical distribution of animals.

Translation

From Louis Sulpice Bouton to Charles Tilstone Beke1    24 September [1856]2

My dear Mr Beke

I shall do some research at leisure in the Museum & and in the Transactions on the subject referred to in order to be able to send you later more precise details—3

Ever yours | L. Bouton

24 Sep

Extract from a letter of M Autard de Bragard— Savanne—4 17 Sept— 1856

In 1835—36—or 37, I sent to the Natural History Society a crested thrush from Bourbon5   “Turdus cafer” taken at Morne Brabant a short time after a hurricane— Also another bird killed in the Savanne known to belong to a Madagascan species—

You will find these specimens in the Museum and details concerning them in the transactions of the Society—

Footnotes

For the transcription of this letter in its original French and for CD’s annotations, see p. 232.
The year is given by the extract included in the letter.
See letter from Victor de Robillard, 20 September 1856, in which it is mentioned that Charles Tilstone Beke had communicated a request from CD to the Société d’Histoire Naturelle of Mauritius. Bouton was secretary of the society until his death in 1878.
Savanne is a district of south-west Mauritius.
Bourbon was the former name of Réunion Island, 130 miles south-west of Mauritius. The bird was possibly the now extinct Réunion huppe (see letter from Victor de Robillard, 26 February 1857).

Summary

Sends extract from a correspondent’s letter reporting birds carried to Mauritius from Madagascar by winds.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1961
From
Louis Sulpice (Louis) Bouton
To
Charles Tilstone Beke
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 205.3: 262
Physical description
3pp (French) †(by CD)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1961,” accessed on 25 June 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1961

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6

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