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Record number: WCP4731

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 14 November 1906.

Record created:
24 September 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4731.5087)

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. 23
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
26/06/2014 - Benny, Ruth;

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Broadstone, Wimborne

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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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