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Proforma letter from the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art requesting specimens for display

Proforma letter requesting specimens for display.
‘In the Paris Exhibition (1867) you exhibited …. Believing that a continuous exhibition of specimens of such excellence must be beneficial both to the public & the makers, I am induced to beg that you will send to this museum similar specimen
This magnificent Museum has been established by the Government for the purpose of illustrating the application of Raw Materials and for exhibiting the operations and productions of Industrial & Decorative Art. All donations are conspicuously labelled & described & the names & addresses of the donors are attached thereto. If not convenient to present specimens will you please inform me upon what other terms you can send them?
Prof. T.C. Archer, Director’