A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Merry, Sarah
Transcription date: April 2, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Frith Hill, Godalming
March 30th. 1882
My dear Wright
I was sorry not to meet you at Dublin. I had a very pleasant week there thanks to the unexampled friendliness of Dr. Haughton2 -- my oldest scientific opponent who might have felt sore at my unsparing criticism of some of his writings. I had no occasion to make1 use of the rooms you so kindly placed at my disposal, as my few [] spare hours were spent at the reading room of the Dublin Society.
I paid two visits to your Trinity Coll[ege] Botanic Garden, and Mr. Burbidge3 kindly promised to send me a few spare plants for the garden I am making here, & which is my chief occupation & delight. I suppose he is not exceeding his powers in doing so, and if your confirmation of his promise is necessary I feel sure you will give it. I am trying to get together a choice selection of all the best herbaceous [] plants, especially alpine plants, bog plants, & bulbs. I spent Monday on the Hill of Howth (under the guidance of Mr Maxwell Close)4 near which I understand you live. Should you at any time be in London & have a day to spare I trust you will run[?] down[?] here & see me.
Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. This word was apparently changed, with "make" written over the top of the original.
2. Revd. Samuel Haughton of Trinity College Dublin. He, Wallace and Darwin appear to have regularly criticised each others’ work.
3. Frederick W. Burbidge, curator of Trinity College Botanic Garden 1879 - 1905.
4. Maxwell Henry Close (1822 - 1903). Became President of the Royal Geological Society of Ireland in 1878.
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