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Record number: WCP1490

Sent by:
Ellen Wellman
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
11 April 1887

Sent by Ellen Wellman, [none given] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 11 April 1887.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1490.1269)

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

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Natural History Museum
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NHM WP1/8/290
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Ellen Wellman Literary Estate.

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April 11th/[18]87

Prof[essor] A.R. Wallace

Dear Sir

I have been sick in bed for over a year and am looking forward to the other country.

It is a great pleasure to thank you for the position you [[2]] take in the "Christian Register[.]"1

I admire your tolerance and sincerity so much that I have no words with which to express myself.

The death of a friend since my sickness has given me an experience that is proof to me that [[3]] Spiritualists are might in their central claim, and I feel a great personal gratitude toward you. I don't feel so alone in my joy of looking forward. I am so delighted too to hear such words published in "The Christian Register." If you [[4]] are not overburdened with letters of gratitude it is because people are too timid to express themselves to you. I think we yield to that feeling too much sometimes when a great good is done [for] us and so I am speaking out.

With unbounded reverance and gratitude | I am Respectfully | Ellen Wellman2 [signature]


1. The Christian Register. (1821-1957). American Unitarian weekly.

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