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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edmund Gilbert Baker
On:
9 October 1909

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne to Edmund Gilbert Baker [none given] on 9 October 1909.

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18 March 2011 by NHM

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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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NHM Catkey-417865
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Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]]

Old Orchard

Broadstone

Wimborne

Oct[obe]r 1909

E. G. Baker Esq.

Dear Sir

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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]

ENDNOTES

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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