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Record number: WCP3314

Sent by:
Sarah A. Bennett
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
7 September [1912]

Sent by Sarah A. Bennett, Victoria, York Road, Guildford to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 7 September [1912].

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3314.3282)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46442 ff. 166-167
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Sarah A. Bennett Literary Estate.

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Victoria York R[oa]d.

Guildford Surrey

Sept[ember] 7th 3

Dr. Alfred R. Wallace

My dear Sir,

May I take a few valuable moments, to express to you the deep gratitude several are feeling on reading the "Interviews" in "Daily News of today"[.]

A clergyman friend [[2]] who is a fellow scholar of repute Rev[erend]. J. G. Wilson M.A. and who is truly an "Other World" gentle man has just said "Now I can go on with tomorrow's sermon with a brave heart Dr. Wallace has laid my tempest for nie[?]"

And a Sunday School [[3]]4 Minister has also said "Some of us were saying how dark things were looking for us just now -- this dreadful "Origin of Life &c" -- and now this morning my son says "It takes a soldier to conquer a soldier -- now Dr. Wallace has come we can cease our mourning."

Sincerely hoping the inclement season[?] has [[4]] not affected your health dear sir[.]

Believe me | I am gratefully and respectfully yours | Sarah A. Bennett [signature]5

Late of The [word illeg.] Port Isaac[?]


1. A note has been made in the top left-hand corner of the page. It is written obliquely and reads, "Ans[were]d". The note has been crossed through.

2. There is a catalogue/reference number inscribed in the top right-hand corner of the page. It reads "166".

3. The year of the correspondence - 1912 - has been added subsequently and by a different hand.

4. There is a catalogue/reference number inscribed in the top right-hand corner of the page. It reads "167".

5. The official stamp of the British Museum is placed directly beneath the writer's signature.

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