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Record number: WCP1335

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Caroline Barbey-Boissier
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
19 January 1904

Sent by Caroline Barbey-Boissier, Pierrierie[?], near Geneva, Switzerland to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 19 January 1904.

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Natural History Museum
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NHM WP1/8/147
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Copyright of the Caroline Barbey-Boissier Literary Estate.

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Pierrierie, Near Geneva


January the 19th 1904


We have just begun reading your "splendid" book, "Mans place in the universe"1. This study has given me the wish of translating this work in French. Would you be kind enough to give me the autorisation[sic] required, and to tell [[2]] me the amount of "author rights" you required for this permission?

I am sure the french public would greet with great interest your enlightened study, and that this translation would encourage the men of science and faith, who may be found in tolerably good num[[3]]ber in France, Switzerland and other places. I am not very clever in English, and I propose, if you are kind enough to grant me the favour I ask, that the translation of your fine work will take me a certain amount of time to accomplish. But with the help of God, I hope to execute this [[4]] fascinating task, and in that hope I pray you, Sir, to accept my anticipated thanks, with my best compliments.

Caroline Barbey-Boissier2 [signature]

P.S. I am the daughter of Mr Edmond Boissier3, author of "Flora orientatis"4 whose botanic career is still reputed among the European botanists.


1. Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1904). Man's Place in the Universe A Study of the Results of Scientific Research in Relation to the Unity of Plurality of Worlds. Chapman and Hall Limited, London.

2. Barbey-Boissier, Caroline (née Boissier) (1847-1918). Swiss botanist.

3. Boissier, Pierre Edmond (1810-1885). Swiss botanist, explorer, and mathematician.

4. Boissier, Edmond (1867-1884). Flora Orientalis sive enumeratio plantarum in Oriente a Graecia et Aegypto ad Indiae fines hucusque observatarum. Geneva and Basel.

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