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Record number: WCP3863

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
[ David Prain ]
21 December 1911

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to [David Prain], [Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew] on 21 December 1911.

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07 February 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3863.3782)

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

Held by:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Finding number:
DC English Letters 1911-1920 Vol. 124
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



Dec[embe]r. 21st 1911

The Director Roy[al]. Bot[anic]. Gardens, Kew

Dear Sir

Last July (early) my wife received a few seeds from a lady, who had received them from her sister in Uganda collected while she was travelling in the Highlands.

They were sown at once, and are now in flower -- and I send you specimens in a cardboard [[2]] cylinder by same post. The Salvia ? is 4 to 5 feet high, and is, presumably, an annual; and from its flowering so quickly under the dreadfully sunless & ever dark foggy days of the last 2 months, seems to indicate that it would make a very useful & ornamental h. hardy annual.

I shall be glad to know if you have had it in flower & can give me the name.[[3]]

My wife has a few more seeds & can send you a small quantity if you wish to try them

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature] [[4]]2


1. Letter annotated in pencil in an unidentified hand "Ans[were]d. 23.XII.11".

2. Annotated in a different hand:

"Pycnostaelys Dawei, H. E. Brown in Gard. Chom. 1907

Seeds desired XLI p. 18

Tricholaera posea. Nees, sens. lat. another specimen desired when more fully out.


O. S."

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