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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Transcription date: April 24, 2014
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The Dell, Grays, Essex.
April 5th. 1873
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 [] 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. []
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 []
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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