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Record number: WCP2109

Sent by:
? Albert Smith Bickmore
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
17 September 1868

Sent by ?Albert Smith Bickmore, D. Appleton & Co, Publishers, Booksellers and Stationery, New York, 90, 92 & 94 Grand Street, Corner of Greene, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace, [9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, London, N.W.] on 17 September 1868.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2109.1999)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46435 ff. 82-83
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Not in copyright

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Publishers, Booksellers and Stationers,


New York, Sept[ember] 17. 1868

My dear Sir

Your note of Aug 27th has been duly received, and I am considerably surprised to hear that you will publish an account of your travels so much time has elapsed since you returned to London.

In my work I have referred to your travels in two or three places in such a manner as you could desire.

I suspect my book1 is likely to be before the public in advance of yours as we have finished our work so much sooner than I had expected that Mr. [[2]] Murray can bring it out whenever he pleases.

A wealthy banker in Wall St. has purchased all my collection-- the bird set about double the rates you have mentioned. My bird of paradise Mr Gould has purchased for £10 & it is now on its way to London.

My friend besides purchasing all my collections has given me a Professorship of Natural History in Madison University.

I enclose an order on Mr Murray for one of my books and would like to have you give me one on your American publisher.

My collection nearly all go to [[3]] Madison University and as I shall have control of them I doubt not we may effect some exchanges.

Very truly yours | Albert. S. Bickmore2 [signature]

P.S. You may direct as above & the firm will forward the letter.


1. Travels in the East Indian Archipelago published in 1868.

2. Albert S. Bickmore (1839 – 1914), American naturalist and a founder of the American Museum of Natural History.

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