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Record number: WCP1790

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
John Gilbert Baker
27 September 1888

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to John Gilbert Baker [none given] on 27 September 1888.

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18 November 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP1790.1676)

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

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Angus Carroll
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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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 [[2]] 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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