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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
14 February 1887

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Hamilton Hotel, Washington D.C., U.S.A. to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming on 14 February 1887.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. walk in the woods with botanist professor Ward, sending a collection of plants including ferns packed in moss in a biscuit tin, instructions for potting, Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) and Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) to be given to Miss Jekyll and a sedge, Carex platyphylla, to Annie's father William Mitten, plants listed by botanical and common names; description of trees and other plants seen; curious appearance of fields without hedgerows; Paulownia imperialis, a tree with flowers like fox-gloves, grows to great height in Washington gardens; would like to stay and see woods in summer if finances permitted but there seems to be no demand for scientific lectures as too many scientists on the circuit; hopes Annie has succeeded in letting house or getting a boarder.; Stamped envelope addressed to Mrs Wallace at Frith Hill, Godalming and postmarked on the front Washington 14 Feb 1887and on the back New York 15 Feb 1887 and Godalming 25 Feb 1887.

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  • envelope (1)

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LETTER (WCP437.437)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/5/18(1)
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Image credit:
© Trustees of The Natural History Museum

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