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Record number: WCP713

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Frederick R. ("Fred") Birch
9 April 1904

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Frederick R. ("Fred") Birch [none given] on 9 April 1904.

Record created:
18 March 2011 by NHM


Congratulates Birch on obtaining such a cheap passage and enquires the sailing date. Also mentions South American forests.

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LETTER (WCP713.885)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-418544
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone, Dorset

April 9th, 1904

My dear Fred

I am glad you have got so excellent a passage & so cheap. But you do not give me <a> date of sailing. I now send you the proofs of my mysterious article Mr. Kirby mentioned to you. Please return when read. Writing it interested me greatly. You gun will be a very useful size, but I do not think you will have any use for it in Trinidad and not much in Guiana, as all your time will be needed for insects, shells, & mammals.

I was glad to hear f<rom?> [[2]] your penultimate letter that you have a sweetheart. I congratulate you!!! It will no doubt sweeten your solitude and induce you to work hard (though that perhaps will be dangerous!) and make you look out for some attractive spot in the South American forest to settle in & devote yourself to the study of its inexhaustible natural products.

I am very busy so excuse [MS burned] more now.

Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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