Autograph Letter Signed, to Frank Parr, thanking him for the Lake Papers, despairing of the Literary Guild, saying he has just attended a function “for promoting railways in Turkey in Asia”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, folds, occasional light soiling. Ravenscourt Villa, Hammersmith, 6 August 1878. William Francis Ainsworth (1807-96), geologist, surgeon and Eastern traveller, was an original Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and published various works, including Observations on the Pestilential Cholera (1832), Travels in Asia Minor (1842) and The River Karun, an Opening to British Commerce (1890).