Catalogue number: WP1/3/79
Letter from Thomas Butler of the British Museum to Wallace stating that Wallace will be paid £5 minus the cost of the postal order, dated June 1867.
Wallace received this letter from Thomas Butler, the Assistant Secretary of the British Museum. Butler had previously requested a receipt from Wallace [WP1/3/78] so he could be paid £5 owed for a skeleton he sold to the museum two years earlier. Wallace annotated this letter to explain that he expected the full £5, yet Butler deducts sixpence to pay for the postal order!
Wallace revealed his disgust at such treatment in his autobiography My Life (volume 2, 1902), saying that 'this amazing little dodge completely staggered me'.
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