Autograph Letter Signed, assuring his correspondent that “the Ray Club is in good hands”, agreeing to look out a copy of the Club Transactions. A good one page example 7 x 4 inches. Annotated at head, Berwick upon Tweed, December 1843. George Johnston (1797–1855), physician and naturalist. Johnston worked with the naturalists Sir William Jardine (1800–1874) and Prideaux John Selby (1788–1867) to launch the Ray Society to print Natural History books. Johnston had considerable influence on nineteenth-century marine biology. His works included A History of British Sponges and Lithophytes (1842), An Introduction to Conchology, or, Elements of the Natural History of Molluscous Animals (1850), Terra Lindisfarnensis: the Natural History of the Eastern Borders (vol. I), the Botany (1853).