Sent by [Ernest F. Bates], 417 High Road, Chiswick to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 30 October 1903.
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417 High Road
Oct[ober] 30th 1903
Alfred R. Wallace Esq. D. C. L. F. R. S.
In reply to your letter to my father received on Wednesday, it is with the deepest sorrow and regret I write to inform you of his death. After a severe illness of about three weeks he died on the 6th of the present month. Would that he could have been spared to have read your letter. It would have [] afforded him so much pleasure/
Lately he had often spoken about you a great deal, and he was especially greatly interested in your recent contributions to the Fortnightly Review on the subject of "Man's Place in the Universe". How his interest in everything ceased -- I hope not for ever. Only this morning I came across some rough notes of his early life of which and written by himself The following extract from which your name is mentioned my interest you. "It was in the early spring on 1848 from which I mention to send you the following extract as your name is mentioned.
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