A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
A photocopy of original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: April 24, 2014
Scrutiny: 25/04/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, London W.
January 7th. 1864
My friend Mr. Bates having informed me that you would be glad of any papers of mine on Natural History Subjects I have forwarded a set of those I have by me, through Mr. Albert S. Bickmore2 of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I have been glad to hear that you are devoting yourself to Natural History & to Entomology in particular. The groups to which I am now devoting myself are Birds and Butterflies, & of these chiefly the groups of the Eastern Hemisphere but I retain my Amazonian Collections, & wish to add to some groups from all parts of the world. On any occasion when you are sending to England, & could spare me a small set of N[orth]. American Butterflies, especially Papilos & Pieridae, I should esteem it3 [] a great favour.
With best wishes I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Mr. H. Edwards Esq
1. Wallace's correspondent is William Henry Edwards (1822-1909). American entomologist .
2. Albert Smith Bickmore (1839-1914). American naturalist and one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History.
3. There is a stamp at the bottom of the page. It reads: West Virginia State Archives".
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