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Record number: WCP4667

Sent by:
Charles Payson Gurley Scott
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
29 March 1897

Sent by Charles Payson Gurley Scott, Radnor, Pennsylvania, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on 29 March 1897.

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20 August 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4667.4992)

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

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Linnean Society of London
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Pasted into Scott's book "The Malayan Words"
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Not in copyright

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Radnor, Penn,


March 29, 1897

Alfred Russel Wallace, F.R.S, G.R.Y.S, D.R.L ETC

Dear Sir: You may remember an inquiry which I ventured to trouble you with, last summer, with regard to the status and pronunciation of the word MIAS, and which you very kindly answered.

It is a debatable gratitude, perhaps, which repays an answer to a note which after all, can [[2]] be read and deciphered with ease, by the presentation of an arid treatise which can be read only with aid from heroism and may rather excite a desire to "dispatch" it, or its author, then lend itself to an easier disposal.

However I am sure that the explorer of the Malay Archipelago can not be daunted by mere ventral terrors; and indeed I hope you will find some things of interest to you [[3]] in the threatened treatise.

I therefore venture to lay it before you. It is entitled "the Malayan words in English", and consists of a paper published, in two sections, in the "Journal of the American Oriental Society." Issues 17 and 18, and now bound together. You will see that I have availed myself of the information you were kind enough to give me, with regard to MIAS.

I am with great respect, very truly yours l Charles P.G Scott [signature]

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