Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Dell, Grays, Essex to ?[addressee not recorded] [address not recorded] on 20 December 1874.
Testimonial on behalf of R B Sharpe
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Pearson, Keon
Transcription date: July 19, 2013
Scrutiny: 19/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
I have much pleasure in hearing testimony to the high qualification of Mr. R.B. Sharpe2 as an Ornithologist.
His "Monograph of Alcedinidae3,4" and his "Catalogue of Raptorial Birds in the British Museum5" are very valuable works. They show that Mr. Sharpe not only possesses an extensive knowledge of his subject, but is also an experienced writer; and above all that he possesses great industry and energy [] and spares no pains in acquiring information from every possible source for the benefit of his readers.
Few men that I am acquainted with are better qualified to bring an extensive ornithological museum into a state of order and usefulness.
Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Dec.[embe]r 20th. 1874.
1. This letter remains unaddressed and is a letter of recommendation for Richard Sharpe.
2. Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847 - 1909) an ornithologist
3. Alcedinidae are river kingfishers, a brightly plumaged compact bird with short tails, large heads, and long bills.
4. A Monograph of the Alcedinidae: or family of kingfishers was published in 1868.
5. Dr. Sharpe composed a catalogue on the birds of prey in the British Museum in 1874.
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