No. 38
22nd April 1870
My Lord,
Referring to Your Lordship's Circular of the 30th November, transmitting a copy of a letter from Professor Huxley suggesting that Photographs might be collected from the various Colonies, having much Ethnological value as illustrating the pecularities of the differentracesManuscript image races within the British Possessions, I have endeavoured to give effect to Your Lordship's desire to further this design. But it has been found impracticable to obtain Photographs of the character required. I am informed that no Indians here will consent to be photographed in a state of nudity, although reward has been offered. It is believed that they have a superstitious dread of some hidden purpose which they do not understand, and it would be impossible to explaintoManuscript image to them the scientific object of the proceeding.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 30/5
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AWLH 31/5
FR 31/5
WM 2/6
G 3/6
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Rogers to Professor Huxley, 7 June 1870, forwarding copy of the despatch.
Musgrave, Anthony to Leveson-Gower, Granville George 22 April 1870, CO 60:38, no. 5726, 332. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B70038.html.

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