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Sent by:
Wynford Brierley
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
14 November 1908

Sent by Wynford Brierley, Parkstone, Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 14 November 1908.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1338.1117)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/150
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Wynford Brierley Literary Estate.

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Coombe Road,

New Malden,


November 14th 1908

Dear Dr Wallace,

On Monday last after sending the announcement of the Order of Merit conferred upon you, I felt strongly impressed to write the enclosed congratulation, but though afterwards not being a friend or an acquaintance, even, I ought not to thus intrude.

If, however I say that for the past seven years I have had your portrait hung in my bedroom, out of affectionate regard for your great services of a religious, social and scientific character, and particularly for your splendid courage in regard to psychic matters, I think you wise perhaps not to disposed to resent the congratulations of a stranger.

I have had some remarkable experience of a psychical nature in regard to my inventions. an account of which I hope someday to give to the world.

In my leisure moments too, I have written over 200 poems, some of which have been illustrated by lantern slides.

I have had much useful guidance and evidence beyond all doubt of the existence of spirit friends.

Yours most sincerely | Wynford Brierley [signature]

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