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Record number: WCP3556

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Norton Shaw
4 February 1854

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, HMS Frolic, Spithead, Portsmouth to Henry Norton Shaw, [Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place] on 4 February 1854.

Record created:
07 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3556.3453)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
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Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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H.M.S "Frolic", Spithead,

Feb[ruary]. 4th. 1854

Dear Sir

Thinking there may still be time, I take the liberty of writing to request through you, that the Lords of the Admiralty, having kindly granted me a passage to Australia in this Ship, will also be so good as to furnish me with a letter, recommending the Commanders of Ships in the Australian & East Indian Stations to offer me such facilities as may be in their power for exploring any of the little known Islands which they may touch at.

Such a recommendation I feel sure would be of great importance to me, by enabling to me to visit places inaccessible or unsafe for the ordinary [[2]] traveller.

I have been furnished by Lord Clarendon (at the recommendation of the Royal Geographical Society) with a general letter of recommendation1 to Her Majesty’s Consuls; and I venture to hope that the Lords of the Admiralty, whom I beg leave again to thank for the favours they have already granted me, -- may be willing to assist me further in the manner abovementioned.

Any information you may be able to give me as to the probable time of the "Frolic’s" sailing would also much oblige,

Your obedient humble servant | Alfred R Wallace [signature]

Capt[ain] W.A.B Hamilton R.h Dr Norton Shaw Ref[?] R.G.S2



Mr Wallace

Red Feb 5



1. ‘Of recommendation’ has been inserted at a later date and is written in pencil.

2. ‘Captain W.A.B Hamilton R.h’ has been crossed out and replace in pencil with ‘Dr Norton Shaw’.

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