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Record number: WCP1273

Sent by:
Frances ("Fanny") Sims (née Wallace)
Sent to:
Mary Ann Wallace (née Greenell)
10 October [1845]

Sent by Frances ("Fanny") Sims (née Wallace), [none given] to Mary Ann Wallace (née Greenell) [none given] on 10 October [1845].

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1273.1052)

A transcription handwritten by other in English.

Contemporary copy possibly in the hand of Mary Ann Wallace, contained in a notebook entitled "Fanny's letters, from Georgia, May 1845 to Dec 1845". [NHM Archive reference number for the notebook WP1/3/93]. Letter begins near the bottom of the page.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/93/8
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Frances ("Fanny") Sims (née Wallace) Literary Estate.

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Oct[obe]r 10

Dearest Mamma

I have been very ill so that I missed the last mail -- my illness has been partly worry about the Gent[leman] named in a former letter though I have now finally declined as I could not feel that love I think every man is entitled to accep expect from a woman who agrees to take him for better & for worse -- however this is [word illeg. crossed-out] now over and I shall soon now recover my usual serenity of mind which is necessary to health as well as comfort -- I shall always maintain a respect [[2]] for Mr Lloyd[?] for his Gentlemanly conduct in the affair, and he says anything he can do to serve me or any of my family he shall be happy to exert himself on their behalf in any way -- a man who was my relative[?] could not say more than this: Indeed I must in gratitude acknowledge the many kindnesses I have received both from the Americans and others connected with them. Therefore when writing to my friends in England I must speak as I have found tho[ugh] as a nation I uphold my own -- which is natural to us -- and it is equally natural [2/3 words illeg.] they should uphold their new Country -- I am not a prejudiced person nor ever shall be, I have been in various countries , mixed in the best societies of each -- and have come to this conclusion that in all there is much to admire and much to condemn -- but it is not for me (a frail mortal] to be their judge! "I hope God will as freely forgive my trespasses as I do those who have trespassed against me[.]" This is my feeling as a true Christian and I trust I shall ever maintain this principle. I hope John will come over with Herbert2, all my friends will be yours[?] -- they all treat me as their own family & never have deviated from the day I arrived at Montgomery3 to the present moment. I cannot speak by experience of their fickle character. I enter my New school the 25th Jan[uar]y 1846. I am perfectly satisfied to be teacher. I have no ambition to be Mistress there, every one[sic] there must be one soon[?] . I should[?] look forward dear mother to Building a comfortable house for you here -- or if John will not come out. I must return to Yours[.] [D]o not grieve too much for those that are gone4 -- but think of being a comfort for those that are left who are still spared to you -- tell Herbert to be a good boy [word illeg.] will send for him [[3]] soon, I hope brighter days are in store for us all and if any uncle & aunt in Australia get on I think we may never part of our property -- which will make us all rather more independent, tho[ugh] the proposition[?] of Thousands would never alter my disposition, I should only feel a greater burden laid on me, feeling that I could not do enough good with it -- I ought not however to put too much confidence in my own strength -- that I do not expect I shall be so tried[?] as it is not probable I shall ever possess more than sufficient for bodily comfort, reserving[?] I hope (but of ever[?] so little) something for charitable purposes -- In my mind sometimes I aim[?] too high, I wish I possessed a fairy wand which could emancipate all the[?] slavery -- Then Prudence "bids me look into her image glass" when I see them all rising against their masters (the whites in general) without reserve[.] [E]ven the kind hearted masters fall in this great Thought." Vain[?] are we [word illeg.] always aiming at a height we seldom reach -- and if we do -- we fail in [word illeg. crossed-out] the grand [word illeg.] we had in view!

Now I must away with fairy visions and sit[?] myself quietly down among mere mortals for many months, with the usual variation of the summer holidays. Farewell mother -- farewell Brothers three5 -- may we all meet again ‘ere many years are o’er is the ardent prayer of you.

Affectionately | Fanny

Dec[embe]r 10th



1. The letter is a transcript made by Mary Ann Wallace (1792 - 1868) of the original letter sent her by her daughter, Frances "Fanny" Sims (nee Wallace).

2. John Wallace (1818 - 1895) was the eldest of Fanny’s three surviving brothers. Herbert Edward Wallace (1829 - 1851) was the youngest of her brothers.

3. Possibly Montgomery, Georgia.

4. Frances Wallace is probably referring to the death of her elder brother William Greenell Wallace (b. 1809) who died on March 9th 1845.

5. Her three brothers were John Wallace (1818 - 1895); Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913), and Herbert Edward Wallace (1829 - 1851) was the youngest of her brothers.

6. This is the date entered by Mary Ann Wallace below her transcript of her daughter’s letter.

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