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Record number: WCP3659

Sent by:
[ John Scott Keltie ]
Sent to:
11 May 1915

Sent by [John Scott Keltie], [Royal Geographical Society, Lowther Lodge, 1 Kensington Gore, London] to Evans [none given] on 11 May 1915.

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10 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3659.3562)

A typical letter typewritten  in English and signed by unsigned.

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
RGS Corr. Block CB8 1911-1920 W.G. Wallace
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the John Scott Keltie Literary Estate.

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[No address]

11th May, 1915.

My dear Evans3,

Mr W. G. Wallace4, son of the late Alfred Russel Wallace informs me that they are collecting material for a volume of Letters and Reminiscences of his father, and he would like very much to know what position Wallace’s work in the Amazon Valley now holds, and whether his map of the Rio Negro5 is still considered correct.

Probably you could answer this as well as anyone, and if you would send me a statement on the subject I should be much obliged, or if you prefer it, you can communicate direct with W. G. Wallace, Tulgey Wood6 [sic], Broadstone, Dorset. If there is anyone else you think one might write to on the subject you might let me know.

Mr. Wallace also enquires whether all the places visited explored by his father have been visited by later scientific explorers.

yours very truly, [No signature] [John Scott Keltie]7


1. The letter is typed.

2. The letter is held in the archives of the Royal Geographical Society.

3. Not identified.

4. Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951). Electrical engineer, second son and third child of ARW.

5. "Black River" is the largest N. tributary of the Amazon, rising in the highlands of Colombia and joining the Amazon at Manaus. ARW constructed the map of the Rio Negro and its W. tributary the Uaupés from observations made during ascents and descents of the rivers in 1850, 1851 and 1852.

6. The Wallace residence at Broadstone was called “Tulgeywood”.

7. Keltie, John Scott (1840-1927). Scottish geographer, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Geographic Society 1892-1895 and Secretary 1896.

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