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Record number: WCP3527

Sent by:
Daniel Hanbury
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
6 May 1859

Sent by Daniel Hanbury, London to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 6 May 1859.

Record created:
05 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3527.3419)

An author's draft handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Copy of letter to Wallace in Daniel Hanbury's out-letter book. It is unknown where the actual letter Hanbury sent to Wallace is or if it still survives.

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Wellcome Trust
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Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Daniel Hanbury Literary Estate.

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6 May 1859

My dear Sir

I have rec[eive]d your note dated Ternate Oct.[ober] 5. 1858, and as Mr. Stevens offers to enclose a few lines by way of reply I avail myself of the opportunity.

Your remarks about the Laurineous Barks I named, being produced in the interior of New Guinea appears to preclude all chance of determining their botanical origin at present. But as it is something to know with certainty even the locality where these drugs are produced, I sh[oul]d be glad to have samples if you have have convenient opportunity for procuring them and if they will pack without detriment to other things.

Your ornithological [one word illegible crossed out] discoveries are extremely interesting, even to those who not professed have no claim to be called ornithologists. For myself I may say that even from a child, I have regarded the B.[ird]s of Parad.[ise] with empirical interest and years and years ago delighted in attempts to delineate their varied forms.

Yours &c | D.H.2 [signature]

A.R Wallace Esq.[uire]


1. The word "Wallace" appears in the margin of the letter book. This letter is an authors copy of the letter, transcribed into his out letter-book.

2. Daniel Hanbury (1825 - 1875), British botanist and pharmacist.

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