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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Lester Frank Ward
7 June 1894

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Lester Frank Ward [none given] on 7 June 1894.

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02 February 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3778.3692)

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

Held by:
John Hay Library, Brown University
Finding number:
Ms. 90.23, Series I, Subseries E
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.1

June 7th. 1894

My dear Lester Ward2

I am glad to hear you are coming to England. I shall not be at Oxford myself as I have long given up attending the Association; but I shall hope to see you here, either before or afterwards. & shall be glad to give you a bed for a few days & accompany you to Weymouth & Portland. You will probably meet Carruthers3 of the Nat.[ural] Hist.[ory] Museum, who, if I mistake not, has also studied the Cycads4, & no doubt they have [[2]] a fine collection at South Kensington. I have no doubt Mr. Mansell-Pleydell5[sic] -- a good local botanist & geologist, author of the "Flora of Dorsetshire"6 -- will accompany us to Portland & shew you the best localities for the plant-remains. At Portland there are fine specimens of trunks 20 feet long & more outside some of the houses, and I dare say there are some good private collections, & also at the Dorchester Museum.

We are here moving on [[3]] rapidly towards Socialism, more so, I think, than you in America. The majority of our more intelligent workers are socialists, but of a reasonable type, who never even think of force, but of educating their fellow-workers & then carrying out their own ideas & principles by the majority they will some day have in Parliament.

Please let me know when to expect you. There are trains from Oxford here.

Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Prof. Lester F. Ward.


1. There is a small checkmark written in pencil in the upper right hand corner.

2. Lester Frank Ward (18 June 1841 – 18 April 1913), American botanist and sociologist.

3. William Carruthers (29 May 1830 - 2 June 1922), Scottish botanist in the Botanical Department of the Natural History Museum.

4. Members of the order Cycadales, a seed plant.

5. John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell (1817 - 1902), English botanist.

6. Flora of Dorsetshire: Or, A Catalogue of Plants Found in the County of Dorset, with Sketches of Its Geology and Physical Geography, written by John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell (1817 - 1902) and first published 1874.

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