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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Biology Students at the University of Colorado
12 January 1912

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Biology Students at the University of Colorado, [Boulder, Colorado] on 12 January 1912.

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10 April 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1912). Dr. Wallace and the University of Colorado. Science, 35(900): 477-516. [p. 487]

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[[1]]1 [p. 487]

January 12, 1912.

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-orchis (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 me an ever-increasing rapture, and the attempt to solve some of her myriad 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 pageants of the seasons impress me more than ever 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.


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Wallace's response to a birthday greeting sent to him by biology students at the University of Colorado. First printed in the student newspaper Silver and Gold there, but transcribed here from a reprinting on page 487 of the 29 March 1912 issue of Science.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith’s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S635A.htm

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