A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: November 10, 2011
Scrutiny: 10/11/2011 - Beccaloni, George; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, W.
Allow me to congratulate you on the first rate article on your Book2 in the "Times" this morning. It will I sh[oul].d think finish off your 1st. Ed[ition]. rapidly. I hope you will find out who wrote it as it is really well done.
I enclose you my list of localities & abbreviations.
Will you be so good as to [] send me Mr. Bakewell’s address, as I wish to write & offer him my Heteromera3.
Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
H. W. Bates Esq
1. "| 63" is written in pencil after the date in an unknown hand, and probably denotes the year 1863.
2. The book referred to is The Naturalist on the River Amazons.
3. The second "r" of this word looks like a "t". Heteromera are a group of beetles (Coleoptera).
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