From H. W. Bates 19 December 1866
Royal Geographical Society | 15, Whitehall Place, S.W.
Decem 19th 1866
My dear Mr Darwin
On the other side is the extract you require.1 I presume “saigak” means the same as “saiga”, therefore the animals were the saiga antelope.2 The islands were new discoveries; the Kirghises of the Aral shores did not know of their existence.3
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
I am now reading Lyells 1st vol. New Ed. Principles, with intense pleasure & great profit4
HWB sends a copy [missing] of Boutakoff’s letter, explaining that the deer were saiga antelopes and the islands were new discoveries.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5313,” accessed on 10 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5313