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Record number: WCP2609

Sent by:
Edward Trusted Bennett
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
8  1895

Sent by Edward Trusted Bennett, Society for Psychical Research, 19 Buckingham Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 8  1895.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2609.2499)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46439 f. 298
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edward Trusted Bennett Literary Estate.

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8. VII. 1895.

Dear Mr. Wallace

I am glad to have an excuse for sending you a line. The enclosed has come to me anonymously. I hope your health continues good, and that you are able to enjoy your plants &c. At Kew2 the other day I was looking -- in the Rock Garden -- at some Pinguiculas3 which Mr. Baker's4 son Edmund5 has just brought back from beyond Dingle in Co. Kerry6 and got into conversation with a gentleman who I afterwards found was W. Churchill7. [[2]] He was spending a month at Kew. A Himalaya Lily is in magnificent blossom in the Bamboo garden -- I think for the first time at Kew. I do not remember the name -- but one with very broad un-lily-like looking leaves. It must be quite 8 ft high.

I need hardly say -- if you should be coming to that part of the world we should be as glad as ever to see you at Richmond. I suppose we shall be away for a month from about the middle of August --

With kind regards | Yours very truly | Edward Bennett8 [signature]

A Russel Wallace Esq[uire] F R S.


1. Page numbered 298 in pencil in top RH corner. The letter bears the heading "SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH".

2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, founded in 1840, the world's largest collection of living plants.

3. Commonly known as butterworts, a genus of carnivorous plants that use sticky, glandular leaves to trap and digest insects, in order to supplement poor mineral nutrition.

4. Baker, John Gilbert (1834-1920). English botanist who worked at Kew (see Endnote 2) for many years and was Keeper of the Herbarium from 1890-99.

5. Baker, Edmund (1864-1949). Son of John Gilbert Baker (see Endnote 3), English botanist.

6. Dingle is situated on the Atlantic coast of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, S.W. Ireland.

7. Churchill, Winston Leonard Spencer (1874-1965). British politician, Prime Minister 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. Aged 21 years in 1895 and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars.

8. Bennett, Edward T (no dates available). Assistant Secretary to the Society for Psychical Research 1882-1902. Author (1909) of Psychic Phenomena: A Brief Account of the Physical Manifestations Observed in Psychical Research.

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