A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Seo, Veri
Transcription date: August 13, 2013
Scrutiny: 13/08/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
August 16th 1889
My dear Mr. Baker1
Will you be so good as to inform me if the enclosed leaves belong to the Laurus camphora2 or to some other species. It is proving as a shrub about 5 feet high in a very sheltered position in a garden here, & the plant was obtained in the Riviera where it was thought to be Laurus camphora. I see however that species is described as having [] the leaves "triple-nerved" (both in London's Encyclop.[edia] & in the new Dict.[ionary] of Gardening3) and it is nowhere referred to as being possibly hardy in this country.
Believe me | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. John Gilbert Baker (13 January 1834 - 16 August 1920), English botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
2. Laurus camphora (known more commonly as Cinnamomum camphora), a large evergreen tree native to east and southeast Asia.
3. Possibly The illustrated dictionary of gardening: a practical and scientific encyclopedia of horticulture for gardeners and botanists, edited by George Nicholson and published in 8 volumes between 1884 and 1889.
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