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Record number: WCP717

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Frederick R. ("Fred") Birch [none given] on 17 July 1904.

Record created:
18 March 2011 by NHM


Encloses a letter from E. B. Poulton. Has heard from Birch's sister. Is getting on with his autobiography.

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LETTER (WCP717.889)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-418597
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone, Wimbor<ne>

July 17th. 1904.

My dear Fred

I enclose you a letter (the part that concerns you) from Prof. Poulton, which you need not return. It contains some useful hints.

I have just heard from your sister (to whom I wrote) that your last lett<er> was in better spirits & that you w<ere> collecting well and fully occupie<d>.

I have nothing special to add <to> any previous letters. We have had six weeks drought here, with on<ly> one days rain, & for the last i[MS burned] the heat has been great, and t[MS burned] sun-glare almost equal to that <in> the tropics. Tomorrow I am go<ing> for a week with my wife & son [MS burned] a change with the mountain [MS burned] [[2]] [MS burned] the Upper bale of Neath where the belt of Mountain limestone occurs, & there waterfalls in abundance & a subterranean river - a district I knew well and loved in my early youth. I am very well, and am getting on slowly with my "Autobiography."

I am very glad to hear that you have recovered your health, and are fully occupied, which means, I hope [MS burned]es the Jungle folk said "Good-hunting."

I shall hope by next mail to have <a> short summary of your collecting <re>sults up to date. But mind and <k>eep your strength up; don’t be afraid <of> eating too much, I don’t think you [MS burned] so that you can digest it, and in [MS burned] of deficiency of wholesome food it [MS burned] be well to keep plasmon biscuits <alw>ays by you. No doubt the are to be [MS burned] Port-of-Spain.

[MS burned] sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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