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Record number: WCP3560

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Norton Shaw
29 November 1853

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 44 Upper Albany Street, Regent's Park, London to Henry Norton Shaw, [Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place] on 29 November 1853.

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12 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline
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22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3560.3459)

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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44 Upper Albany St. Regents P[ar]k.

Nov.[ember] 19th 1853

Dear Sir

Understanding that Mr James Wilson has volunteered to join the proposed expedition to explore Northern Australia, under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society, I beg leave to state that I consider him a person eminently fitted for such an undertaking.

He was for three years the [[2]] companion of my brother in California, engaged in various engineering & mining operations, & I have always heard of him as a good bushman[?] and as being hardy persevering and ingenious.

I have been acquainted with him myself for the last twelve months & believe him to be a man of great energy and acute observation, qualities no where more valuable than in the undertaking which he proposes to assist in. I can only add that were I about to [[3]] engage in a similar expedition, there is no one whose services I would be more anxious to secure,

I remain │ D[ea]r Sir | yours faithfully │ Alfred R Wallace [signature]

Dr. Norton Shaw.

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