Sunday, April 17, 2011

Letter of the Day: April 17


Colombo, Ceylon,
April 17, 1895.

The Director of the Ethnological Museum,
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


I beg to enquire whether you would wish to secure the skull of a Veddah, a race of people inhabiting the wilder regions of this Island, but fast dying out and believed by scientists to be the *missing link* in the Darwinian system of the descent of man. These skulls have been eagerly sought after for the German Museum. I shall be glad to forward one to you on receiving a remittance of its price £ 20. which will cover freight, insurance and other charges from this to New York.

I can also supply you with other specimens of the Natural and industrial products of this Island for your Museum.

I am, Sir,
Yours truly,
(Signed) Chas. Stouter.

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