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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Matthew B. Slater
7 November 1906

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 7 November 1906.

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24 September 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4730.5086)

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. 22
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
26/06/2014 - Benny, Ruth;

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Broadstone, Wimborne

Nov[emb]er 7th. 1906

Dear Mr Slater2

I have written to Macmillan about publishing such of Spruce's3 journals and articles as are available, under any Editorship.

They agree to do so, and offer a Royalty of 20 p[er].c[ent][?] on sales, and an advance payment of £50 on publication.

They say they could expect more than a very moderate sale of such a book, and reserve complete freedom to as to size price of[?] it[?]

Of course the loss of the [[2]] whole of the Peruviani[?] journals will add considerably to my work to make up something in place of it.

Also the letters at Kew must be copied on type-writer there, & will cost I estimate about £10, & there will be of course other expenses, besides a great deal of rather worrying to work, even with the "journals", as a great deal must be omitted & the rest pieced together.

[[3]] Even at the best I do not expect it to pay me for the time & work I must give to it, but I would greatly wish that Spruce's work should be made public.

I therefore propose to share the £50; less out of pocket, with you; as owner of the Mss -- taking myself whatever may come from the Royalty afterwards.

If you prefer it however I would agree for you to [[4]] have, one fifth of the receipts from Royalty, in addition to the £5 out of the advances payment.

Please inform me which you prefer, on whither[sic] you can propose any other arrangement.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. '22' has been written on the top left of the letter, it may not have been written by the author.

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

3. Spruce, Richard (1817-1893) English botanist.

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