[ Richard Relhan, botanist and classical scholar. ] Poignant Autograph Letter Signed ('R Relhan'), asking the unnamed recipient to lie to his wife about the cause of their son's death at Pillau, East Prussia.

Richard Relhan (1754-1823), Irish botanist and classical scholar [ King's College, Cambridge ]
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Cambridge. 25 August 1802.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and worn. Overcome by grief, Relham, a man of the cloth, urges the recipient to tell a lie. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir. | The melancholy event at Pillaw [ i.e. Pillau in East Prussia ] totally overpowered me yesterday: and the only thing to be done is to soften it as much as possible to my poor Wife; who being always averse to the scheme of sending her son to sea will, I am certain, be unable to bear this terrible accident, unless you will have the goodness as soon as you receive this, to write me a few lines to say he died of a fever at Pillaw.

Autograph Signature of the English botanist and horticulturist John Lindley.

John Lindley (1799-1865), English botanist and horticulturist, Professor of Botany, University College, London
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Without date or place.

On strip cut from letter. Dimensions: In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Reads 'have complied with my suggestion | Yours Trly | [signed] John Lindley'. The signature has been cut close, and the downward loop of the final letter of the signature is lacking.

Autograph Letter Signed ('D. J. Scourfield') from the biologist and microscopist David Joseph Scourfield to 'Dr. Crow' [William Bernard Crow], describing a 'living specimen from Eagle Pond, Epping Forest, of a species of Volvox'.

David Joseph Scourfield (1866-1949), ISO, FLS, FZS, FRMS, biologist and microscopist [Dr William Bernard Crow (1895-1976), biologist and occultist]
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63 Queen's Road, Leytonstone, E11. 26 September 1927.

3pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, on two leaves pinned together. He begins: 'I am sending herewith living specimens from Eagle Pond, Epping Forest, of a species of Volvox without protoplasmic connections between the cells. If you have not had it before you will no doubt be interested. If you have, I should be glad if you could tell me what you think it ought to be called. It is evidently close, if not identical, with V. Monona Gilb. Smith recorded by Pearsall as British from the Lake Dist. But it may also be V. tertius Meyer (cf.

Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society [featuring 'Catalogue of Hymenopterous Insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the Islands of Mysol, Ceram, Waigiou, Bouru, and Timor. By Frederick Smith [...] Communicated by W. W. Saunders [...]']

Alfred Russel Wallace; Frederick Smith; William Wilson Saunders (1809-1879); Arthur Adams; G. Mann; Sir W. J. Hooker; Thomas Anderson; M. J. Berkeley, contributors [Linnean Society]
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London: Sold at the Society's Apartments, Burlington House; and by Longman, Green, Longmans and Roberts, and Williams and Norgate. 1863.

8vo: 56 pp. In original blue printed wraps. Unopened. Good, on lightly-aged paper, in creased and slightly-chipped wraps. The title of Smith's catalogue of Wallace's collection ('Read Jan. 15, 1863') ends '[...] By Frederick Smith, Assistant in the Zoological Department, British Museum. Communicated by W. W. Saunders, Esq., F.R.S. & L.S.' It runs from p.6 to p.48. Detailed catalogue preceded by brief note by Smith. Smith's 'Catalogue of Hymenopterous Insects' had appeared in 7 parts between 1853 and 1859.

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