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Record number: WCP3559

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Norton Shaw
27 August 1853

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Paris, France to Henry Norton Shaw, [Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place] on 27 August 1853.

Record created:
12 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3559.3458)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
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Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Paris August 27th.

Dear Sir

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 [[2]] 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]

Dr Shaw.3


1. The words "1853Mr WallaceAugust 27th" have been added in the upper right hand corner in a different hand.

2. Now spelt "Chamonix".

3. The text "letter enclosed to the Foreign Office Sept[ember] -- 5 -- 53 -----" has been added later in a different hand.

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