Sent by Matthew B. Slater, [address not recorded] to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset on 9 October 1906.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Hackett, Diana
Transcription date: August 18, 2014
Scrutiny: 18/08/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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Oct[ober] 9. 1906
Dear Dr Wallace
Since my return home from Scarbro, I have carefully looked through all Spruce's2 papers & books &c. and cannot find any trace of the missing journals you think should be amongst them. I am truly sorry it is not forthcoming, and can only suppose Spruce may have lent it to some of his intimate friends and it has not been returned. -- I have no recollection of ever seeing it and feel sure if it had been amongst his. I may My daughter has got written out the journal of his voyage from Tarapoto to Banos which I will gladly send you along with the original mss. in their[?] book.
[] I have got also got together all the copies I have of Hookers journals &c. in fact all letters and other papers articles written by Spruce that are published in the various & scientific journals &c. of these All these are bound up in two vol. & marked on the back. Opuscula and I will gladly send you all these.
I have also a great many letters from his various correspondents & these I have got all carefully assorted together separated with the name of the correspondent on the packet. -- I shall be glad to send you a list of his numerous correspondents, and also to send you any of the letters you would wish to see. [7 or 8 words illegible - have been scribbled out]
I am very sorry the journal you think so essential is wanting [] and feel sure it has never been in my possession or should have only been too glad to have sent it to you. I hope you keep well. I have recently had some unpleasant business matters with which have come upon me.
Yours very truly | M. B. S. [signature]
1. The number 19 is written in the top left hand corner of the page, in a hand other than Wallace's.
2. Spruce, Richard (1817-1893). English botantist.
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