Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 24 March 1906.
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Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Hackett, Diana
Transcription date: August 18, 2014
Scrutiny: 18/08/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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March 24th. 1906
Dear Mr. Slater2
For the last eight or nine years I have been so continuously occupied in literary work, having written 3 entirely new books the last -- "My Life" -- in two large vols. published in Oct[ober]. last, that I have had no time to think of anything else. Besides that, I have built a new house & made a new garden at this place, which I am enjoying much, especially as my health [] is really better than it was ten years ago. But now that I have a little leisure my thoughts recur to our dear friend Spruce's3 papers & journals, which I understood you would get in order for publication, & I think I intimated that I might do something in the way of editing if a publisher could be found. I shall therefore be very glad to hear what you have done & whether you have found a complete journal [] of his South American travels, what is their approximate bulk &c. and any other particulars about them. I will then, if you think proper, ask the advice of Sir Joseph Hooker4 & Sir Clements Markham5 -- his two chief friends living (besides ourselves) as to whether their publication will be possible, & whether any help can be obtained from the Linnean6 or other Societies. I hope you [] are in good health, & have retired from business, & are enjoying yourself with mosses & flowers. I am growing here every rare plant I can get hold of that will live.
With best wishes & kind remembrances to your daughter, who I hope is quite well[.]
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. The number 6 is written in the top left hand corner of the page, in a hand other than Wallace's.
2. Slater, Matthew B. (1830 - 1918), botanist.
3. Spruce, Richard (1817 - 1893), botanist.
4. Hooker, Sir Joseph Dalton (1817 - 1911), botanist and Director of Kew Gardens (1865 - 1885).
5. Markham, Sir Clements Robert (1830 - 1916), geographer.
6. The Linnean Society: natural history society formed in 1788, and named after the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707 - 1778). For further information see http://www.linnean.org/
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