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Wallace is shipwrecked and loses his collections


Letter (dated September 1852) from Wallace to botanist friend Richard Spruce describing the burning and sinking of his ship near Brazil, the loss of his collections and his subsequent rescue (extract)

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Wallace Letters Online

Letter to Alfred Russel Wallace from the Royal Society, about his Darwin Medal award

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