Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Macassar [Makassar] to H. Norton Shaw, [Royal Geographical Society, 15 Whitehall Place, London] on August 1857.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Szentgyorgyi, Katherine
Transcription date: May 23, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
My dear D[octo]r Shaw2
You will receive from Mr. Stevens a paper of mine containing some account of the "Arru Islands", where I have spent six months, going & returning in a native trading prow. I went principally to shoot Birds of Paradise, & had capital sport. Of them I have sent an account to the "Annals of Nat[ural]. History". If you are too full to read my paper perhaps Sir R. Murchison3 would like it for the "Geological" as it contains an account of some very curious & I think 4 [] quite unique phenomena of Physical Geography.
This is a horrid country, very bare & most difficult to get about, I leave as soon as I can "en route" for N[ew] Guinea, about which I got much information at Arru. Having just got seven months letters & news I have plenty to do, besides extensive collections of birds & insects to sort & pack. Trusting you are quite well.
I remain | My dear D[octo]r. Shaw | Yours sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
A R Wallace
Rec[eived]: Nov[ember] 5
1. The number "9" is written in pencil and circled at the top right of page 1.
2. Henry Norton Shaw (?-1868), diplomat & secretary of the Royal Geographical Society.
3. Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871), geologist.
4. Text in ARW’s hand reads "Dr. Norton Shaw" at the bottom of page 1.
5. This is actually the verso of the second page of the letter.
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