A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 1
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: Clerx, William
Transcription date: August 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon.
August 11th 1878
Silk2, who is staying with me, tells me you spoke to him about my editing a book for Dr.Bennett,3 I presume D’Albertis’4 travels in New Guinea. I should be very glad to do this,5 as I have just been writing a new chapter on New Guinea for Stanford’s6 Book.
Please inform Dr. Bennett if you see or write to him. I7 have heard nothing from Dr. B[ennett]. Is [one word illegible] D’Albertis in London now? I should much like to see him.
Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
H. W. Bates Esq.
1. English naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates, FRS, FLS, FGS (1825 - 1892). Bates is gave the first scientific account of animal mimicry, and "Batesian mimicry" still bears his name today. Bates was also a friend and expedition companion of Wallace, one of the first supporters of the Darwin/Wallace theory of evolution by natural selection.
2. George Silk, closest childhood friend of ARW. The two met in Herford around 1828, when ARW was only about 5 years old.
3. Possibly A. W. Bennett, a fellow of the Linnean Society who was among those that nominated ARW for Fellowship.
4. Luigi Maria D’Albertis (1841 - 1901) was an Italian naturalist and explorer, and the first person to chart the Fly River of Papua New Guinea in 1876.
5. ARW did indeed publish an article discussing D’Albertis’ trip, entitled "New Guinea and Its Inhabitants", in the Contemporary Review in February 1879.
6. Likely Edward Stanford (1827 - 1904), founder of Stanford’s Ltd which sold--and still sells--maps, charts, and later books in London (e.g., Stanford’s Compendium of Geography and Travel…Australasia. Edited and Extended by A. R. Wallace).
7. The text "I have…Dr. B" written vertically up the left margin of the letter.
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