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Record number: WCP4729

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Matthew B. Slater
23 October 1906

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 23 October 1906.

Record created:
24 September 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4729.5085)

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

Held by:
Greater Manchester County Record Office (with Manchester Archives)
Finding number:
Wallace-Slater Correspondence no. 21
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
26/06/2014 - Benny, Ruth;

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Broadstone, Wimborne

Oct[ob]er 23rd. 1906

Dear Mr Slater2

As a last resource I wrote to Sir Clements Markham3 thinking that Spruce4 might possibly have lent the Andean journals to him. He was abroad, but now writes to me, that he never saw them, -- but that "the Tarapoto journals are certainly a most serious loss" -- and again at the end of the letter -- "The loss of these journals is most deplorable" --

In I looking over again the papers &c. I have, I find in a lot of notes on the Geology & Mineralogy [[2]] there is a page of notes headed

"Tarapoto - Mineralogy - From my journal."

Also in other papers & letters there referring to the Andes -- are the there is here & there a note "see journal".

I hope therefore that you will not altogether give up the search.

Is it possible that he could have lent the "journals" to any of the "Howard" family, though I think is very unlikely, yet if you think it possible you might enquire.

I have written to Kew [[3]] to know what letters there are [illegible crossed out word] from Tarapoto, and the Andes, & when I hear I will write to Macmillan but it will be most unsatisfactory work at the best if the "journals" are not found.

Perhaps bound vol[ume]s. are most likely to be overlooked among other books -- as that of the Orinoco5 was overlooked. Have you emptied every shelf where there are books of any kind, to see that they are not at the back?

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

[[4]] 5


1. '21'has been written on the top left of the letter. It appears to not be by the author of the letter.

2. Slater, Matthew B. (1830-1914). Botanist.

3. Markham, Sir Clements Robert (1830-1916). English traveller, geographer, explorer, and writer.

4. Spruce, Richard (1830-1893). English botanist.

5. Orinoco River in South America.

6. Page four looks to have been written by someone else, perhaps after the original letter. Written is

"replied to Nov[ember] 6. [19]06

To say cannot find any trace of the journals amongst Spruce's book or papers. Will write Mr. Teesdale & ask him to look amongst his fathers books or papers for the missing journal & much regret the loss of so important a journal but feel certain is has never been in my possession. "

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