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Record number: WCP1327

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
13 August 1912

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Hurstpierpoint, Sussex on 13 August 1912.

Record created:
23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1327.1106)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/24
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



August 13 1912

My dear Annie

The flowers you sent me were all new & strange to me and as I did not feel I could look after them I sent them to Mr. Blanchard & asked him to strike them if he could. He knows two of them -- the large white flower is Eucryphia piimalitolia[?], from Chile -- allied to the Hawthorn -- the bright yellow one is Dendromecon rigida2 from California -- an evergreen shrubby poppy. The other one with small fruits he does not [[2]] know. There was also a very small rooted plant with curious small round leaves rather thick & dark brownish in colour. [Small sketch of plant].

This I have potted & it looks all right. I hope you have got some more lists of the shrubs & are trying to strike them as they seem very nice things. The woodman from Canford has come to put up the bottom fence. A few of the new Gladiolus3 are [[3]] flowering & are very fine.

I am fairly well and am feeling rather better. I hope you are getting stronger on your legs. Will came back yesterday evening -- To day[sic] has been finer than of late but rather windy.

With love to all | Yours very affectionately | Alfred [signature]


1. Written in the top right of the page in an unidentified hand is the archival reference "WP1/4/24 [1of 2]".

2. Dendromecaon rigida, also called bush poppy of tree poppy, is a shrub or small tree of the Papaveraceae native to California and Baja California.

3. Gladiolus is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family.

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