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Edmund Gilbert Baker
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
12 October 1909

Sent by Edmund Gilbert Baker, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, S.W. to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 12 October 1909.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2968.2858)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46438 ff. 97-98
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edmund Gilbert Baker Literary Estate.

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Oct[ober] 12. 1909.

Dear Sir,

In answer to your letter dated Oct[ober] 9. there is a well known work by De Condolle4 which gives an estimate of the number of Phanerogams in certain countries & although not exactly what you ask for will interest you

De Condolle[.] Geographie Botanique 1855.5

The number of Phanerogams [[2]]6 in Scandinavia, Finland & Denmark = 1677

Lapland = 496

Sweden & Swedish Lapland = 1165

There are several books which will give you further information some of which you might possibly be able to get on loan from the Library at the Linnean Society.

Summa Vegetabilium Scandinaviae7 by E[lias]. Fries8 contrasts the Flora of Finland, Lapland, Sweden, Norway, Gothland & Denmark (as known in 1846) It gives a tabular statement with a [[3]] list of plants showing which grow in each of these countries.

The best Flora of Scandinavia is Hartmans9,10 [sic]. It has been issued in many editions. We have the edition of 1879 but the plants are not numbered. Hartmans [sic] estimate of species seems very fair & reasonable[?] and he does not segregate unduly

If you wish I will count for you the number in this Flora. But recent Scandinavian lists are swollen[?] by large numbers of [word illeg.] &c. [[4]]11

For information of the Flora of Denmark see

Johan Lange12 Danish Flora 1886 - 1888.13

On Norway

Blytt14 Haandbog i Norges Flora 1902 - 190615

or the edition 1861 - 1876


Nyman16 Svensk Phanerogam Flora 187317

Yours truly | Edmund Baker [signature]18, 19


I have just been staying with your friends the Clement Reids at Moreton Hampstead [sic] on Dartmoor. We found a very rare St John's Wort. H[ypericum] linariifolium.


1. There is a catalogue/reference number inscribed in the top right-hand corner of the page. It reads "97".

2. The name 'Baker' is written faintly at the top of page.

3. The coat of arms for the British Museum is printed to the left of the address.

4. de Condolle, Alphonse Pyrame (1806-1893). Swiss botanist and son of Augustin Pyramus de Condolle


5. de Condolle, Alphonse Pyrame. (1855). Geographie Botanique Raisonée ..., 2 Vols. Librairie de Victor Masson, Paris and Geneva.

6. There is a catalogue/reference number inscribed in the top right-hand corner of the page. It reads "98".

7. Fries, Elias Magnus. (1845-1849). Summa Vegetabilium Scandinaviae: ... , 2 Vols. Typographia Academica, Uppsala.

8. Fries, Elias Magnus (1794-1878). Swedish mycologist and botanist. Founder of modern fungal taxonomy.

9. Hartman, Carl (1824-1884). Swedish botanist.

10. Hartman, Carl. (1864). Handbok i Skandinaviens Flora, ... . Zacharias Haeggstroms, Stockholm.

11. The correspondent has chosen to turn the sheet on its side, and write along the length of the page.

12. Lange, Johan Martin Christian (1818-1898). Danish botanist.

13. Lange, Johan. (1897). Florae Danicae. Hauniae, Lehmann & Stage.

14. Blytt, Axel Gudbrand (1843-1898). Norwegian botanist and geologist.

15. Blytt, Axel Gudbrand. (1902-1906). Haandbog i Norges Flora. Cappelen. Kristiania.

16. Nyman, Carl Fredrik (1820-1893). Swedish botanist.

17. Nyman, Carl Fredrik (1873). Svensk fanerogam-flora för skol-ungdom. A. Bohlin. Orebro.

18. Baker, Edmund Gilbert (1864-1949). English botanist and pharmacist.

19.The stamp of the British Museum is placed to the right of the valediction.

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