Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Paris, France to H. Norton Shaw, [Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place] on 27 August 1853.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 2
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Parfitt, Elisabeth
Transcription date: May 21, 2012
Scrutiny: 30/05/2012 - Brunnen, Claire; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Paris August 27th.
I send the enclosed reply to your communication so that you may send it to the Foreign Office if requisite.
I understood from Sir R. Murchison that he would make the application after he returned from the Continent & supposing he had not yet done so I had left a letter for him in the hands of Mr Petermann offering to attempt the exploration of the Snowy mountains in Eastern Africa, instead of going to Borneo, but leaving it quite to him & the society to decide which journey they would find most interest in.
The journey from Trincomalee to Singapore & from Singapore to Borneo would entail considerable expense & loss of time so under any circumstances [] I should prefer waiting for another opportunity1--
The idea of going to Eastern Africa was suggested by Mr Petermann & I am quite ready to give it up or go on with it as the Geographical Society may think best.
I shall be back in London in about a fortnight-- Thursday or Friday next I shall be at Chamouney2 where a letter will find me.
I remain | Yours truly | Alfred R Wallace [signature]
1. The words "1853 │ Mr Wallace │ August 27th" have been added in the upper right hand corner in a different hand.
2. Now spelt "Chamonix".
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