Autograph Letter Signed, to F.W.Hamstede, Honorary Secretary of ‘Hooks & Eyes’, discussing the operations of his Club, and regretting he is unable to be a member of it. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, paperclip marks, otherwise good. 22 Old Burlington, Street, 9 January 1850. “When I consulted my friend, T.R.Hervey, to join your party, I consulted rather my wish than my power to do so.” Dr. Edwin Lankester (1814-1874), surgeon and naturalist who made a major contribution to the control of cholera in London; he was the first public analyst in England.