Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Fred R. Birch [none given] on 6 March ?1904.
Discusses Birch's upcoming voyage and delay going via Jamaica. Mentions Mr. Janson as his agent but also discusses Mr Druce and Miss Lister?/Linden? of the British Museum.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
part of text destroyed
Transcriber: Martinho, Antone
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
March 6th. 190[MS burned]
My dear Fred
Am glad you are settled at last though it is delay to go to Jamaica. Perhaps Mr. Wardlwworth may do something better for you at the last moment. Anyhow I hope he can give you an introduction [to] someone to stay with the time you have to be in Jamaica.
Of course you must now acc<ept> Janson as Agent, but I would ag[MS burned] say to him that it is only the the lar<ge?> buyers of whose purchases you [MS burned] to know, like the B. Museum <or?> Druce, &c. these you must [MS burned] I told Miss Lin[MS burned] [] would be your agent & that she could see all your collections there. How it is possible to give a price when you know nothing about the value of the species or the proportion of rarities? They might be dear at s1/- or cheap at s5/- each. You undertook, I thought, to send everything to Jauson. Why change for the sake of a person who may not buy more than a pound’s worth in a year, perhaps not so much. They (Jausons) will have good reason to complain I think. I think the best way will be to write to Miss Linter where you are sending any shells, which which [MS burned] not be for a year or more, [] and tell her that you find you cannot send things separately to single buyers.
If Jansons do not send you satisfactory accounts, it will be easy after a year to give up sending to them, or as soon as you have enough money on hand.
I shall be glad to hear what Mr. Wardleworth thinks of your scheme. Give me all particulars bef<ore> you start.
Yours very tru<ly> | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
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