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Record number: WCP3558

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Keppels Head, Portsea to Henry Norton Shaw Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place on 8 February 1854.

Record created:
07 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline
Verified by:
23/12/2011 - Beccaloni, George (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3558.3455)

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:
23/12/2011 - Beccaloni, George;

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Keppels Head, Portsea3

Feb[ruary]. 8th. 1854

Dear Sir

The "Frolics’" sailing orders were recalled today, & she was ordered to cruise for a fortnight in the English Channel & then return to Spithead. Whether she is to go to Australia or not at last, no one knows, so I came on shore today lugging all my chattels. The "Juno" is here & her Captain is in Town, but is expected down daily. I have therefore written a letter to the Admiralty of which the other side is a copy & am left to exercise patience here as much [[2]] as on the Amazon. I received your letter with the "papers" this morning for which I am much obliged.

Capt[ai]n. Nolloth is very agreeable & we get on very well together & the officers are a remarkably pleasant set, so the prospect of being turned over to some ship where everything might not run so smooth is not very pleasing. Capt[ai]n. Freemantle of the Juno is not spoken well of, but I should be glad of any certainty for the disagreeable suspense I have been & am I in.

Hoping I may get an answer by tomorrow morning.

I remain | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Dr. Norton Shaw.


1. Text in unknown hand reads "1854 | A R. Wallace"

2. Text in unknown hand reads "Feb[ruary] 8th"

3. Text in unknown hand in pencil and circled reads "8"

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