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Record number: WCP3640

Sent by:
Henry Unwin Addington
Sent to:
Henry Norton Shaw
19 August 1853

Sent by Henry Unwin Addington, Foreign Office to Henry Norton Shaw Royal Geographical Society, 3 Waterloo Place on 19 August 1853.

Record created:
06 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline
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22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


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LETTER (WCP3640.3543)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
RGS Corr. Block CB4 1851-60 FOREIGN OFFICE
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Henry Unwin Addington Literary Estate.
Record scrutiny:
22/08/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Foreign Office.

August 191 1853


I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th ultimo, requesting that a free passage to Singapore might be afforded in one of Her Majestys Ships to Mr Alfred R Wallace who is about to proceed on a scientific expedition to the Eastern Archipelago, and that permission might be obtained for that Gentleman to visit the Dutch and Spanish settlements in the Eastern Seas.

In reply I am directed to inform you [[2]]3 you[sic] that the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have signified to the Earl of Clarendon that there is an opportunity of a Passage for Mr Wallace in a ship of War under orders for Trincomalee, but no further and the Earl of Clarendon desires to know whether Mr Wallace would wish to avail himself of this opportunity.

I am further to inform you that Her Majestys Representatives at the Hague & Madrid have been instructed to apply for the requisite facilities for Mr Wallace in [[3]] in[sic] in carrying out the objects he has in view.

I am, | Sir, | your most obedient, | humble servant | H U Addington


1853 Aug[ust]. 19

Clarendon Earl of --

Foreign Office

Rec[eive]d Aug[ust]. 19th

That a ship would take Mr Wallace to Trincomalee4

The Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society5


1. It is possible that the actual date was left open in the initial preparation of the letter, and was inserted on a subsequent occasion.

2. The letter is addressed to H Norton Shaw, Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society and signed by Henry Unwin Addington acting for the (4th) Earl of Clarendon, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

3. The second page is written on the reverse side of the first sheet.

4. This information was added to the fourth page of the letter (i.e., on the reverse side of second sheet) by the RGS for filing purposes. The information was written in ink, with the exception of "Aug[ust]. 19" on the first line, which is written in pencil.

5. This direction to the Secretary of the RGS was written in the bottom left-hand corner of the first page.

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