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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle
5 April 1873

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Dell, Grays, Essex to Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle [none given] on 5 April 1873.

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LETTER (WCP5503.6236)

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Library of the Conservatoire Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genčve
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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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The Dell, Grays, Essex.

April 5th. 1873

Dear Sir1

I am now amusing myself by endeavouring to naturalize European & other temperate plants in a piece of wild land I have here, and I particularly wish to obtain the finer species of European Orchids as I have chalky banks on which I think they will succeed well.

You have no doubt many young botanical students at Geneva, and I thought you might kindly induce some of these to collect me some orchids. If they are [[2]] dug up when the leaves are withering and the tubes packed in dry sand in a small box I have reason to think they will keep perfectly well, and grow with me. Any species of Orchis or Orphrys would be acceptable, except the following which I can obtain easily in England:

Orchis mascula. L. Aceras anthropophora. Br.

" maculata. L.

" morio. L. Orphrys apifera. Huds.

" ustulata. L. " aranifera. Huds.

" purpurea. Huds. " muscifera. Huds.

" pyramidalis. L.

Gymnademia conopsea. Br.

Habenaria bifolia. Br. [[3]]

Any expenses incurred in sending them I will gladly pay.

I have had the pleasure of reading your interesting and instructive work an "Histoire des Sciences et des Savants" 2 &c. and I wrote a short review of it in "Nature" of Feb[ruary]. 13th. which I trust may have helped to make its value known in England.

With best wishes for your health

I remain | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]

Mons[ieu]r Alphonse de Candolle [[4]]



1. Wallace's correspondent is Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle (1806-1893). French-Swiss botanist .

2. Published by H. Georg, Libraire-Editeur, Geneve, Bale, Lyon, 1873.

3. There is a note written in French regarding the date of Wallace's letter, its date of receipt (17 April 1873) and his request for orchid specimens.

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