Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 23 October 1906.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Ward, Christopher
Transcription date: October 2, 2014
Scrutiny: 02/10/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
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 [] 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 [] 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]
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. 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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