[ Henry Baker Tristram, 'parson-naturalist' supporter of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B. Tristram') to Francis DuCane Godman, regarding their natural history collections.

Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), geologist and 'parson-naturalist', a supporter of Charles Darwin [ Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), naturalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham Vicarage, Stockton upon Tees. 2 October 1865.

Four pages, 12mo, good condition. He is pleased that Godman has 'found something new in your Agnean things', among which '[t]he red legged partridge if now will indeed be a treasure'. He also discusses the bullfinch, starling and wren, before moving on to shells and 'Guatamala eggs'. He is 'beginning to arrange my Cabinet for the long evenings employment. I shd. be glad to get together what I can.' The letter concludes: 'My Smithsonians are (the rare ones only) disgracefully broken & must have been packed after they were broken.'

Four handbills relating to the election of the Society's council and officers for 1870, and a copy of 'Report of the Auditors of the Accounts of the Zoological Society of London, Appointed January 21, 1869.'

Zoological Society of London [Philip Lutley Sclater; Edward Greenaway; Edward Johnstone; James Tennant; Alexander Nowell Sherson; H. E. Dresser; Robert Low; F. Du Cane Godman]
Publication details: 
Report dated from '11 Hanover Square, February 26, 1869'; handbills all dated 1869.

All items are good, on lightly aged paper. The 'Report of the Auditors of the Accounts' is seven pages, octavo, stitched and unbound. It consists of five full-page tables: 'Receipts', 'Payments', 'Comparison of Receipts in 1867 and 1868', 'Comparison of Payments in 1867 and 1868' and one showing 'The Assets and Liabilities of the Society on the 31st of December 1868'. Comment by the seven auditors (all named) on final page, remarking on 'the unexampled state of prosperity of the Zoological Society at the close of the previous year'. The four handbills are each on one side of a 12mo leaf.

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