Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne to Edmund Gilbert Baker [none given] on 9 October 1909.
His friend Rev E[dward] F[rancis] Linton has suggested me applying to you for a few figures ? numbers of the phanerogams in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Lapland) or in these countries separately, also in Denmark if available ? required for comparison with those of other European areas & also other parts of the world ? do not require latest estimates ? prefer numbers from books 30-40-50 years ago, or if the numbers are only to be had in very recent works I should be obliged if you would accompany them by a general indication of what amount per cent should be deducted to approximate the scale of species of Hooker or Bentham.
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E. G. Baker Esq.
My friend Rev[eren]d E. F. Linton1, has suggested my applying to you for a few figures I am in want of .
They are -- the numbers of the phanerograms in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, and Lapland, or in these countries separately). Also in Denmark, if available.
As they are requested for [] comparison with those of other European areas, & also other parts of the World of various dates, I do not want require to have the latest estimates, as they are apt to be swollen by the inclusion of members of sub-species, varieties, & local forms. I should prefer therefore to have the numbers from books of 30 -- 40 -- or 50 years ago -- or if the numbers are only to be had in very recent works [] I should be obliged if you would accompany them by a general indication of what amount per cent sh[oul]d be deducted to approximate the scale of species of Hooker2 or Bentham3.
With apologies for troubling you,
Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Reverend Francis Linton.
2. Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), British botanist and explorer.
3. George Bentham (1800-1884), English botantist.
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