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Record number: WCP830

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Arthur Smith Woodward
18 April 1910

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Arthur Smith Woodward [none given] on 18 April 1910.

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18 March 2011 by NHM


Is preparing a volume on "The World of Life". Asks permission to use some of the blocks and plates in Woodward's guide books to Fossils Reptiles Amphibians + Fishes and to Elephants Recent + Fossil. PS was greatly interested in Woodward's address to the BAAS the previous year.

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LETTER (WCP830.1002)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM DF100-50-480
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



April 18th 1910

Dr. A. Smith Woodward Keeper of Geology, B. M.

Dear Sir

I am preparing a volume on "The World of Life" treated from a somewhat novel point of view. I write to ask you if I can have permission to use some of the blocks and plates in the your Guide Books, to "Fossil Reptile Amphibians and Amphibians Fishes -- and to Elephants Recent & Fossil. Of the "Reptiles" [[2]] I should like to have about 12 to 20 -- & of the Mammals &c. perhaps a dozen.

I shall not want them for some months yet perhaps, but wish to know if I can have them, as otherwise I shall have to seek others that are suitable. My publishers are Messrs Chapman & Hall, who will apply for copies of the Plates if permission can be given to use them.

I apply to you because they are in your department, but if it necessary for me or my [[3]] publishers to apply to the "Director" or to the "Trustees", I shall be obliged if you will inform me.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

P. S. I was greatly interested in your admirable address to the British Association lasy year.

A. R. W. [signature]

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