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Letter from William Tryon to William Petty, Marquis of Lansdowne
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
March 28, 1767
Volume 07, Page 445

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[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to Earl of Shelburne.

Brunswick the 28th March 1767.

As the Panther of this continent I am told has never been imported into Europe, and as it is the King of the American forests, I presume to send a male panther under your Lordships patronage to be presented for his Majesty's acceptance. He is six months old; I have had him four months, by constantly handling he is become perfectly tame and familiar: When full grown his coat will much resemble that of the lioness. Panthers have been killed (for it is very uncommon to catch them alive) ten feet in length from the nose to the end of the tail. I am very solicitous for his safe arrival, as I am ambitious that he may be permitted to add to his Majesty's collection of wild beasts

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