Sent by Arabella Burton Fisher (née Buckley), Fircroft, 78 Park Town, Oxford to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset on 8 November 1913.
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Transcriber: Buckingham, Amanda Belle
Transcription date: September 2, 2014
Scrutiny: 02/09/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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8, Park Town,
Nov[ember]. 8th 1913
My dear Mrs. Wallace1,
So my dear dear old friend has passed on, to know all that he so longed to know. I feel glad that he was not long ill, & worked up to the last. I only bought the "Revolt of Democracy" a few days ago. I do wonder what he is thinking now, I should so [] like to know, but I feel sure when I too pass on I shall find him.
And now about you all. Life has still to be lived & by & bye I shall want to know, what you are going to do. I know your legs are troubling you, & I hope you may be able to stay where you are.
Give my warm love to Violet2 & Will3 & tell them I should like to know [] any plans they form. I do not know where the funeral is to be, but unless you particularly wished it, I would rather not associate with him anything sorrowful. I want to think of him as he always was, & will be for me.
Goodbye dear Mrs. Wallace - you have the memory of a long & useful companionship with him & I know Will & [] Violet will take care of you.
Yours lovingly | Arabella B. Fisher4 [signature]
I cannot but think of him with dear Bertie.5
1. Wallace, Annie (née Mitten) (1846-1914); the wife of Alfred Russel Wallace.
2. Wallace, Violet Isabel (1869-1945); daughter of Alfred Russel Wallace
3. Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951); son of Alfred Russel Wallace
4. Fisher, Arabella B. (née Buckley) (1840-1929); science writer and former secretary to Sir Charles Lyell
5. Wallace, Herbert ("Bertie") Spencer (1867-1874); son of Alfred Russel Wallace
REFERENCES IN ENDNOTES:
Beccaloni, George (2009). Wallace's Genealogy. <http://wallacefund.info/wallaces-genealogy> [accessed 2 July 2014]
Gates, Barbara T. (Ed.). (2002). In Nature's Name: An Anthology of Women's Writing and Illustration, 1780-1930, Vol. 1. University of Chicago Press, 673 pp. [p. 638]
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