Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Biology Students at the University of Colorado, [Boulder, Colorado, USA] on 12 January 1912.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: September 21, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Jan[uar]y 12th, 1912
To the Biology Students in the University of Colorado[,] U.S.A.1
My dear Young Friends
Thank you much for your very kind greetings. I am much pleased that so many of you are readers of my books. The wonders of nature have been the delight and solace of my life. From the day when I first saw a Bee-orchis2 (Ophrys apifera) in ignorant astonishment, to [] my first view of the grand forests of the Amazon; thence to the Malay Archipelago, where every fresh island with its marvellous novelties and beauties was an additional delight -- nature has afforded one an ever increasing rapture, and the attempt to solve some of her myriad [word illeg. crossed-out] problems an ever-growing sense of mystery and awe.
And now, in my wild garden and greenhouse, the endless diversities of plant life renew my enjoyments; and the ever-changing pageant [] of the seasons impress one more than ever [than] in my earlier days.
I sincerely wish you all some of the delight in the mere contemplation of nature’s mysteries and beauties which I have enjoyed, and still enjoy.
Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. ARW is writing to the students attending classes held by Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell (1866 - 1948). American zoologist.
2. Synonymous with the term bee-orchid, an herbaceous perennial plant of the family Orchidaceae.
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