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Record number: WCP599

Sent by:
Caspar Whitney
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
18 January 1913

Sent by Caspar Whitney, Bronxville, New York, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 18 January 1913.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Asking for his autograph to put into the writer's copy of a first edition of Alfred Russel Wallace's "Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro"; the writer's own travels in South America and the Far East and two books on the same; hopes that Alfred Russel Wallace's life will be extended for many years (from his 90th birthday).

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LETTER (WCP599.599)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
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NHM WP1/8/128
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Not in copyright

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Jan[uar]y 18-- 13

My dear Sir;

I hope you will overlook the liberty I am taking. Yet without taking in. I have no way to encompass my desire for your autograph to put in my copy of your book--Travels on the Amazon Rio Negro-- of which I have one of the final--edition copies.

There done a great deal of traveling & among others thoroughly covered South America or the East [[2]] Studies.

Your Rio Negro book prompted me to make a pilgrimage over your trail that of von Homboldts I started from Manaos1[sic]-- went up the Rio Negro to Cassiquaire2[sic]-- to the Orinoco​​-- which I ascended some days beyond the point mentioned by the great German-- then down the Orinoco to the Ocean.--

I found that [1 word crossed out and illeg.] substantially are the scientific world knows to day of the Rio Negro & of the Orinoco-- is what you & Humboldt-- told them so long [[3]] ago.--Your work still stands to-day after sixty years. The authoritative one on the sections you covered.--

I made five trips all told to South America-- & recently brought out my book--The Flowing Road-- which is not at all scientific-- merely the story of a sportsman who has the wonderful-- largely developed. I also brought out a book-- Jungle Tales Trails & Jungle Periles[sic]-- as the [1 word illeg.] of my hunting & exploration in the Far East-- [[4]] Malaya-- Siam &c--

I tell you this-- my dear sir, not under the impression of it being of interest-- to you.-- but to show that my desire for your autograph is through [to word illegible crossed out] field experience prompted by admiration of your great work.

I shall be grateful if you feel inclined to grant my request & in any event-- I beg you will accept my salutations & earnest hope. That your life will be extended-- many years yet--

Sincerely | Caspar Whitney [signature]

To/ Dr Alfred Wallace


1. Manaus, Brazil. Situated at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers.

2. Casiquaire, Brazil. Distributary of the upper Orinoco, which in turn is one of the longest rivers in South America.

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