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Record number: WCP3802

Sent by:
Wallace, Alfred Russel & Bates, Henry Walter
Sent to:
William Jackson Hooker
30 March 1848

Sent by Wallace, Alfred Russel & Bates, Henry Walter, 50 Upper Albany Street, Regent's Park, London to William Jackson Hooker, [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew] on 30 March 1848.

Record created:
03 February 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
10/10/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3802.3719)

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

Although the letter is from Wallace and Bates, the letter has been written by Wallace.

Held by:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Finding number:
DC English Letters 1848 Volume 26
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Wallace, Alfred Russel & Bates, Henry Walter Literary Estate.
Record scrutiny:
10/10/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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50 Upper Albany Street Regents Park

March 30th. 1848


We leave London for Liverpool on Tuesday next, & shall probably sail for Pará1 a few days afterwards.

We think that an official letter from you, referring to what you wish us to obtain for the Kew Museum, & accompanying the printed instructions you were so kind as to offer to send us, would be of great service to us.

It would serve to show that we were the persons we should represent ourselves to be, & might much [[2]] facilitate our progress into the interior.

Trusting we do not presume too far on your kindness, in requesting a favour[sic] of this kind.

We remain | Your obed[ien]t Servants | Alfred R. Wallace [signature] | Henry Bates2 [signature]

To Sir W. J Hooker3.


1. A place in the North of Brazil. Belém do pará is the capital in this region and was where Wallace and Bates spent most of their first year collecting

2. Henry Walter Bates FRS FLS FGS (1825 -- 1892) was an English naturalist and explorer who travelled with Wallace

3. Sir William Jackson Hooker, FRS (1785 -- 1865) was an English botanist and botanical illustrator. At this time he was also the first Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

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