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Record number: WCP3565

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Walter Bates
10 November 1876

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to Henry Walter Bates, [Royal Geographical Society, 1 Savile Row, Burlington Gardens, London, W.] on 10 November 1876.

Record created:
13 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3565.3464)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
RGS Corr. Block CB6 1871-80 WALLACE A. RUSSEL
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] General1

Rosehill, Dorking

Nov[ember]. 10th. 1876

Dear Sir

I shall be happy to preface a lecture for the Royal Geographical Society to be delivered next Spring. The title I sh[oul]d. propose would be “The Comparative Antiquity of Continents, as indicated by the distribution of Living and Extinct Animals.”

I remain| Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

H. W. Bates Esq.

Assis[tan]t. Sec[retary]. R[oyal]. Geog[raphcal].



WALLACE, Alfred Russel

Nov[ember]. 10. 1876

A. R. Wallace

Will be happy to deliver a lecture in the Spring


1. The word ‘General’ has been written in the top left-hand corner of the page. It is not ARW’s hand-writing and has probably been added for filing purposes

2. Henry Bates (1825 - 1892). English naturalist and explorer. Bates was Wallace’s companion during his expedition to Amazonian rain forest during 1848 - 1852. Henry Bates, however, did not return home until 1859.

3. The second page of this correspondence commences with a file reference noting the correspondent’s name written in capitals. The subsequent text - written in another hand - is a note on the content of ARW’s letter. This information in placed in the top, right-hand, corner of the page

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