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Record number: WCP4732

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Matthew B. Slater [none given] on 20 November 1906.

Record created:
24 September 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4732.5088)

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. 24
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
26/06/2014 - Benny, Ruth;

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Broadstone, Wimborne

Nov[emb]er 20th. 1906

Dear Mr Slater2

Your parcel of books & Mss. received this morning, & your letter this evening.

I think, now that I am setting to work with Spruce's3 Mss. & it will save time if you send me all the papers & books you have of his, relating to the South American Journey, and I shall then be able to select everything I can use, and [[2]] return you the rest, or send them to Kew or elsewhere.

If Spruce had a Portuguese and a Spanish Dictionary, they would both be very useful to me in correcting or translating the numerous words and phrases in those languages he is very often using in his journals &c.

Please send me also a complete set of all the separate copies of Spruce's Papers or Articles that you say you have, as these will do to send to the printer, where required, without cutting out those that are bound in volumes. [[3]] As to the Duke or Argyll, I do not think it at all likely that he ever had Spruce's Peruvian "journals" -- or if he had that he did not return them with the other one.

With regards to the Clairvoyant, it is not supposed that the lost "journals" are in Mr Teasdales old house at Webburn, but in the present Mr Teasdale's country house at Clifton near York. Where the pictures of costume are. As a matter of curiosity I shall be glad to know if that house in any way corresponds to the description I sent you.

I suppose you do not happen to have kept a lock of Spruce's [[4]] hair? If so please send me a fragment.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. '25' 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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