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Record number: WCP801

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edward Percival Wright
26 February 1891

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Edward Percival Wright [none given] on 26 February 1891.

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18 March 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP801.973)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-395812
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Feb[ruar]y. 26th. 1891

My dear Dr. Wright

I am preparing a new edition of my "Island Life" and I should like to give a pretty correct list of the flowering plants (species and varieties) which are found in Ireland but not in G[rea]t. Britain. I dare say you have, or can lay your hands on such a list, which is not very extensive. I gave one as near as I could at p.340 in my first edition, but I believe there are many alterations to be made owing to new discoveries both in Ireland and England.

I wonder whether you are now [[2]] a deeper mystery behind. They mere physical problems of life may be rendered a little more intelligible but only to bring out into greater prominence the insoluble problem of consciousness & thought.

I shall be greatly obliged to you for any corrections or new facts as to the Seychelles, or in any other parts of the book island-world with which you may be familiar. I [[3]] think however I have got the latest information as to most of the islands treated except Formosa and New Zealand. I shall also be glad of the notes on [1 word illeg.] plants as soon as convenient.

We have now been a week almost buried in snow,-- the crowning feature of this phenomenal winter. I shall not be in London before May-- as I never go except when obliged.

Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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