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Wallace's death

Wallace's death

Catalogue number: WP2/3/41

Note signed by William Greenell Wallace, announcing the death of his father (Alfred Russel Wallace), dated November 1913.

This short note signifies the end of an era. Wallace's son William simply announces that his father was 'taken ill on Sunday night'. By Friday, the great naturalist was dead: 'Dr Wallace passed away very peacefully at 9.25am without regaining consciousness'. He was 90 years old.

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Letter to Alfred Russel Wallace from the Royal Society, about his Darwin Medal award

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