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Record number: WCP2993

Sent by:
Henry Edward Armstrong
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
14 August 1910

Sent by Henry Edward Armstrong, 55 Granville Park, Lewisham, London, S.E. to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 14 August 1910.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2993.2883)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46438 f. 153
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Henry Edward Armstrong Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2

55. Granville Park,

Lewisham, London, S.E.

Aug[ust]. 14 [19]10.

Dear Mr. Wallace,

I believe the number has been estimated at 100, 000. But the possibilities are infinite: we can turn out new compounds of the thousand, if required. Nowadays we limit the output to those of some special interest. Nature, however, is very conservative & [[2]] the possibilites are limited in comparison with these afforded by the laboratory; this is because vital chemistry is in large measure, a directed process. I have dealt with this point to some extent in my address last year at the B. G. meeting, of which I venture[?] to enclose a copy.

Yours truly3 | Henry E. Armstrong4 [signature]


1. A single underlined word is written in the upper lefthand corner.

2. 153 is written in the upper righthand corner.

3. Above the signature is a stamp depicting a crown ringed by the words BRITISH MUSEUM.

4. Armstrong, Henry Edward (1848-1937). English chemist.

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