Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 14 November 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: Ward, Christopher
Transcription date: October 28, 2014
Scrutiny: 28/10/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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Nov[emb]er 14th. 1906
Dear Mr Slater2
A friend of mine to whom I mentioned the loss of Spruce's3 "journals" has great faith in Clairvoyants, & he consulted one for me, giving him some of Spruce's writing.
I hear now, that this person describes a house, with a Gothic Porch -- on one side a Bay window, on the other side two flat windows -- standing in wooded grounds with a cuicular a circular carriage drive.
In this house, on the lower floor, opening out of a stone corridor [] he saw a large cupboard filled with old bundles of Mss. and newspapers.
He is not sure however that has anything to do with Spruce, as he wanted a bit of Spruce's hair which I have not got.
Does the description of this house, agree with that of Mr Teesdale, or of any other friend of Spruce's you know?
I have written to Shaw[?] to ask permission to have copies of 32 of Spruce's letters from Peru &c. to be copied, by [] a type writer. These are to Mr Bentham4. There are nearly as many more to Sir. W. Hooker5 & others.
Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature] 6
1. '23' 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.
4. Bentham, George (1800-1884). English botanist.[
5. Hooker, Sir William Jackson (1785-1865). English botanist.
6. Underneath Wallace's signature has been written 'Matthew B. Slater Esq.' in Wallace's handwriting.
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