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Record number: WCP1628

Sent by:
[ Ernest F. Bates ]
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
30 October 1903

Sent by [Ernest F. Bates], 417 High Road, Chiswick to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 30 October 1903.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1628.1407)

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP18/4/6
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Ernest F. Bates Literary Estate.

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417 High Road

Chiswick W.

Oct[ober] 30th 1903

Alfred R. Wallace Esq. D. C. L. F. R. S.

Dear Sir

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 [[2]] 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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