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Record number: WCP5522

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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Schaus
19 August 1903

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset, England to William Schaus [address not recorded] on 19 August 1903.

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24 April 2014 by Benny, Ruth


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LETTER (WCP5522.6280)

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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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Biodiversity Heritage Library
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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone, Dorset

August 19th. 1903

W. Schaus Esq[uire].

Dear Sir

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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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