Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Keppels Head, Portsea to H. Norton Shaw Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place on 8 February 1854.
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Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Szentgyorgyi, Katherine
Transcription date: October 17, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Keppels Head, Portsea3
Feb[ruary]. 8th. 1854
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 [] 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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