WCP6062

Letter (WCP6062.7012)

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From the Curator F. SHERWOOD TAYLOR

MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

OLD ASHMOLEAN BUILDING, BROAD STREET. OXFORD

January 29, 1951

Dear Sir,

Dr. Josten1 has asked me to write and thank you very much for the three microscopes which arrived here quite safely on Friday. The two small ones are of the type hitherto unrepresented in our collection, and the prismatic device on the larger one was also new to me, so that they will be welcome additions to our collection.

I am sorry we have no bookplate to send you in return as we do not use them in this museum.

Yours truly, | K. Higgins [signature] | Assistant Curator.

W.G. Wallace, Esq.2, 3

61, East Avenue,

BOURNEMOUTH.

Josten, Dr Kurt (1912-1994). German historian of science and curator of the Museum of the History of Science, 1950-1964. Full name, Conrad Hermann Hubertus Maria Apollinaris Josten.
Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951). Alfred Russel Wallace's son.

Written in blue ink at a later date by William Greenell Wallace:

"The above relates to (1) William Mitten's larger microscope, with various attachments, with which he did all his examination of mosses. It was probably given to him in his youth by William Borrer of Henfield. [William Borrer (1781-1862). English botanist.]

(2) W[illia]m Mitten's small 'pillar' microscope and

(3) A.R. Wallace's similar but probably months later instrument of the same type.

W. G. W."

Please cite as “WCP6062,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 21 September 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP6062