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Record number: WCP1647

Sent by:
Arabella Burton Fisher (née Buckley)
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
8 November 1913

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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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1647.1426)

A typical letter handwritten  and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/27
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Arabella Burton Fisher (née Buckley) Literary Estate.

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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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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 & [[4]] 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


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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