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Wallace, Alfred Russel. The geographical distribution of animals : with a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the earth's surface / by Alfred Russel Wallace; in two volumes; with maps and illustrations. (New Yorl: Harper and Brothers, 1876).
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Transcriber: Benny, Ruth
Transcription date: April 25, 2014
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August 19th. 1903
W. Schaus Esq[uire].
I have been informed that you are a collector of Lepidoptera1, and my friend Prof[essor] Poulton2 of Oxford suggested that I should write yo you about a young friend of mine -- a enthusiastic naturalist who wishes to go to some tropical country to collect, -- but as he has not means to obtain employment as a collector of any required group of insects &c. The country that [] appears to be least known entomologically & that can be easily reached, in the Islands of Hayti [sic]; & the Republic of San Domingo, seems to be the part most accessible and safest for Europeans.
Mr. Frederick Birch3 can have the best testimonials as a collector and for his integrity, perseverance & other qualities requisite for success. He is a skilled mechanic in wood & iron -- & would probably be able to earn something in this way but would much prefer to be able [] to give his whole time to collecting.
Should you be able to help him in any way I shall be glad to hear from you.
Believe me | Yours truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
(author of -- the Malay Archipelago Darwinism &c. &c.)
1. Lepidoptera is a large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies.
2. Sir Edward Bagnall Poulton (1856-1943). British evolutionary biologist.
3. Frederick R. Birch. British naturalist.
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