Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to Othniel Charles Marsh [none given] on 23 January 1886.
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Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: June 26, 2013
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Frith Hill, Godalming
Jan[uar]y 23rd 1886
Dear Professor Marsh
Circumstances have led me to contemplate a visit to the United States next autumn on a lecturing tour round the world and I think it probable that you are as well able as anyone to give me advice as to the prospects of my making it a financial success. I think when I had the pleasure of seeing you in London some years back you suggested something of the kind but what has led me to entertain it now is that I have received [] an invitation to lecture in Sydney and am advised by friends here to go by way of America. You are perhaps aware that of late years I have diverted myself more to social & political questions than to Nat. Hist. and if I come, I should be prepared to lecture on the Land Question & on Trade Depression as well as on my special nat. hist. subject-- colour in nature & Island Life. Serious losses of late years have rendered [] it necessary for me to do anything in my power to secure a provision for my family, and it is this consideration alone that would make me encounter the risks & fatigue of such a journey at my age & with my somewhat precarious health. I consider it essential that I should accord the severity of your Easter winter & spring & I therefore propose (if I come at all) to come as early in the autumn as it is possible to secure audiences for lectures in Boston, New York & the other important [] cities of the Eastern States; then to work southwards in early winter & proceed by the southern route to California, lecturing in S[an] Francisco, Sacramento &c. in winter & spring. I sh[oul]d cross to N.[ew] Zealand in April or May, to Australia in June to September,-- Cape of Good Hope October to December & then home.
Perhaps you will kindly inform me whether you think lectures from me would be successful & it if you can refer me to any good authority on this question, & also as to the choice of a good & trustworthy agent on which I am [one word illegible] so much depends.
Believe me | yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Prof. O. C. Marsh
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