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Record number: WCP3528

Sent by:
Daniel Hanbury
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
17 February 1860

Sent by Daniel Hanbury, London to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 17 February 1860.

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05 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3528.3420)

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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17. Feb.[ruary] 1860

Dear Sir

Many thanks to you for the torch of "Rajah Dammar" which Mr. Stevens handed me yesterday. I have made a little slit in the palm-leaf in order to see the Dammar within and ascertain if it resembled any of that found in the London market. However the resin was too much broken to afford much information.

We much require information on Dammar2, or rather as to what trees afford the particular sorts found in commerce[.] What for instance, yields Dammar batu or Dammar puti and what Dammar Selan? The latter is largely imported here.

I remain &c. | DH.3 [signature]

Mr. A. R. Wallace, care of Mr S. Stevens


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.


3.​ Dammar gum is obtained from the Dipterocarpaceae family of trees located in India and East Asia.


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


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