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Record number: WCP1256

Sent by:
Mary Ann Wallace (née Greenell)
Sent to:
[ ? Thomas Wilson ]
? 18 October 1845

Sent by Mary Ann Wallace (née Greenell), [none given] to [?Thomas Wilson] [none given] on ?18 October 1845.

Record created:
23 May 2011 by NHM
Verified by:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP1256.1035)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/91/2
Copyright owner:
©Wallace Family
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Oct[ober] 10[?] 1845

Dear Brother1

I write at the request of John2 & Alfred3 concerning[?] their Legacies [1 word illeg.] it is probable to be in your power to pay them off? or even part now soon? [it] would be very useful to both, more particularly to John (as his money has been the longest due five[?] years)[.] He can do nothing in his business without a small capital to start upon[.] according to a statement given to him by his brother there appears to be £136 due without interest & to Alfred 99 -- They are anxious you must suppose to have receive their money during your life [1 word illeg. crossed out] as it is doubtful whether they could [1 word illeg. crossed out] make any legal claim upon your Estate, to prevent anything that myte[sic] prove unpleasant to either party -- you could enter into some agreement with your Sons to pay from your Estate the money due on the Legacies & also on the Note[?] in case these should not be discharged in your life time -- Life is so uncertain[?] to all of us[.] it is but justice to my [[2]] children to secure to them the right of claiming what is their due. I hope you are even now doing better than last year and when you next write I trust you will be able to name the month where John may expect a Instatement on his Legacy -- I have never once doubted your good intentions to fulfill all you have promised and concerned we all were that such a total reverse in affairs should have prevented your doing what you so sanguinely contemplated. [3 illeg. words crossed out] --

Hoping to hear as quickly after to receipt of this [letter] as possible[.]

I remain yours truly | M A Wallace4 [signature]

due to John Wallace from Mr Welia[?] as 89[?] to Mrs Greenell

Legacy of £200 --

Paid in advance -- 62

Duty[?] deducted[?] 138




1. Wilson, Thomas (1787-1863). Uncle of Alfred Russel Wallace and brother-in-law to Mary Ann Wallace.

2. Wallace, John (1818-1895). Brother of Alfred Russel Wallace.

3. Wallace, Alfred Russel (1823-1913). British naturalist and co-discoverer of natural selection with Charles Darwin.

4. Wallace, Mary Ann (née Greenell) (1792-1868). Mother of Alfred Russel Wallace and wife of Thomas Vere Wallace.

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