Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to John Gilbert Baker [none given] on 27 September 1888.
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Transcriber: Hansman, Emily
Transcription date: July 12, 2013
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Frith Hill, Godalming
Sept[embe]r 27th 1888
Dear Mr. Baker1
Will you be so good as to answer a question which I think you can do without any trouble, as you worked up the entire flora of Mauritius & the adjacent islands. I want to know if among the endemic trees or shrubs there are any spring species, -- and if there are, whether they are much less proportionately or equal to the spring plants of continental floras. It will afford a good test of the opposing theories of mammalian [] protection, -- & diminished nutrition Mr. Hemsley2 has given me some facts from other islands but Mauritius seems to afford an excellent test case.
Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
J. G. Baker Esq.
1. John Gilbert Baker (1834-1920), botanist
2. William B. Hemsley (1843-1924), botanist
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