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Sent by:
Fred R. Birch
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
14 July 1910

Sent by Fred R. Birch, Theophilo Ottoni, Brazil to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset on 14 July 1910.

Record created:
18 July 2011 by Beccaloni, George


Letter from "that wretched T.O.", with thanks for letters and three copies of "The New Age", other copies failed to arrive, presumed stolen, hopes promised copy of Sir Arthur Cotton's tract on agriculture will arrive safely, no news of Velox photographic paper ordered via Mr May; belated news of King's death through local Germans; Paulhan's flight from London to Manchester, speculation on when public air travel will be possible and its effects; hopes for the arrival of Socialism; detailed descriptions of the appearance and behaviour of birds and animals visiting the garden including parakeets, orioles, toucans and callistes, many eating oranges, wrens attacking a snake, woodpeckers apparently eating pawpaws or insects within them; opossums, bats taking food from the table and cooking stove, fruit scarce in forest; night temperatures below freezing, large variation of day and night temperature; cannot consider joining Captain Boynton at the Orinoco because considering move to British Guiana or Victoria (Brazil); has practiced dentistry on Mary [wife] and filled several cavities; good view of Halley's comet; Postscript on a smaller sheet of paper asking cost of land in Hampshire, Devonshire and Somerset and whether peaches can be grown there; where filberts will grow successfully (in Britain); Windermere; asks for news of any land available on the Warwickshire Avon.; Green paper envelope with stamp removed, postmarked Theophilo-Ottoni 17 Jul 1910, addressed to Alfred Russel Wallace at Broadstone; annotated in [Alfred Russel Wallace's or William Greenell Wallace's hand] ?Dated - July, 1910".; Birch, Frederick R, fl 1897-1910; Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913; Cotton, Sir Arthur, knight; Albert Edward Wettin, Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Great Steward of Scotland, 1841-1910; Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Ireland 1901-1910.; Paulhan, Louis, fl 1910; Halley, Edmund 1656-1742; New Age, The, 1907-1922

Record contains:

  • letter (1)
  • envelope (1)

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ENVELOPE (WCP464.1476)

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/6/5(2)
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Fred R. Birch Literary Estate.
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©Trustees of The Natural History Museum



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