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Record number: WCP2800

Sent by:
Isaac Bayley Balfour
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
19 October 1900

Sent by Isaac Bayley Balfour, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 19 October 1900.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2800.2690)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46437 ff. 86-87
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Isaac Bayley Balfour Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2

Oct[ober]. 19 1900

Dear Sir,

I venture to address you although on but slender grounds of personal acquaintance. My object is this: we have been publishing as a frontis piece in the 'Annals of Botany' yearly the portrait of a botanist along with a short biographical notice of him. This year we intend to bring out one of Richard Spruce3 for which purpose through Mr. Slater of [[2]] Malton we have secured a photograph. You were I know one of his ultimate friends and of these there are but a few alive who could appreciate his scientific labours & merit. Would you be willing to write for our Annals a short biographical notice of Spruce? Herewith I am sending a copy of a notice of Bentham by Sir J. D. Hooker4 which appeared in the Annals. A shorter one of Spruce would suffice.

I beg you will forgive me [[3]]5 for thus troubling you, rescribe my impatient to the desire to have a notice of Spruce -- of whom his own generation hardly seems to have measured the capacity of one who from personal knowledge can give it colour hereafter therefrom --

I am, dear Sir, | truly | Isaac Bayley Balfour6 [signature]

Alfred Russel Wallace, Esq. PSD. FRS.

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P.S. Should you as I trust may be the casebe willing to write the notice we should wish for it by the middle of November.


1. A stamp in the upper left hand corner depicts a lion and unicorn supporting a crest, encircled by the words "Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Regius Keeper."

2. 86 is written in the upper right hand corner.

3. Spruce, Richard (1817-1893). English botanist.

4. Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton (1917-1911). British botanist and explorer.

5. 87 is written in the upper right hand corner.

6. Balfour, Sir Isaac Bayley (1853-1922). Scottish botanist.

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