A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Lucas, Paula J.
Transcription date: August 14, 2014
Scrutiny: 14/08/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
July 6th. 1897
T. E. Ashworth Esq.2
Books on Zoology & Botany are now so numerous & varied that it is impossible to recommend any in particular without knowing the exact object in view, or the particular branch that attracts you. If you want merely to gain some knowledge of, & interest in, nature, Hooker’s3,4 -- or any other "British Flora" will suffice to begin with, and any of the numerous books on British Mammals, Birds, Insects etc.
But if you wish to study Biology for purposes of Examination, you will [] have to get special Text Books, dealing mainly with the Anatomy & Physiology of animals & plants, and any of the Professors in your northern Universities would be the best person to apply to.
Believe me | Yours truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Stamp on the top right of page 1 reads "PR.ST. - BIBL | <291> |Dokum. Slg."
2. Ashworth, T. E. fl. 1897. No biographical information so far found.
3. Hooker, William Jackson (1785-1865), botanist. Appointed first full-time director of the royal gardens at Kew in 1841
4. Hooker, William Jackson. (1830). The British flora. Comprising the phænogamous, or flowering plants, and the ferns. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, London. There were at least seven editions, the seventh in 1855, some co-authored by George Arnott Walker-Arnott.
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