Sent by Edward Bagnall Poulton, Isle of Wight to Annie Wallace (née Mitten), [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset] on 25 August 1904.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Awolesi, Monilola Omotola
Transcription date: September 2, 2014
Scrutiny: 02/09/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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Isle of Wight
Aug[ust] 25th 1904
Dear Mrs. Wallace,
Two days ago at the meeting of the Brit[ish] Ass[ociation] at Cambridge I met Mr. Cockerell1 who told me that you were -- as I imagined would be the case -- very anxious that your husband sh[oul]d accept the generous [] offer of Mr. John Collier2 & he painted I presume for the Linnean society to hand beside the Darwin. I had not been rebuffed by his refusal & was only waiting to see what could be now done. But as I hear that you feel as I * you would I write to you for advice. [] I had talked it over with Professor Meldola3 & he thought that a combined letter signed by many friends would produce the effect. What do you think of this? Or best of all may I leave it in your family? Could you let Mr. Collier stay in your house for the requisite 10 days as if not is there a [] free mean where he would stay? I understand that it would be impossible for Dr. Wallace to go away from home for the purpose: although I imagine it would be easy to borrow a studio in Parktone for the purpose if this would be at all feasible.
With kind regard sincerely | E.B. Poulton[signature]
1. Cockerell, Sydney (1867-1962). English museum curator and collector.
2. Collier, John (1850--1934). English painter.
3. Meldola, Raphael (1849-1915). English chemist and entomologist.
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