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Record number: WCP3651

Sent by:
George Nathaniel Curzon
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
November 1913

Sent by George Nathaniel Curzon, Royal Geographical Society, Lowther Lodge, 1 Kensington Gore, London to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset, England on November 1913.

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09 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3651.3554)

A typical letter typewritten  in English and signed by unsigned.

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
RGS Corr. Block CB8 1911-1920 A.R.WALLACE
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the George Nathaniel Curzon Literary Estate.

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[No address]

Nov[ember] 19131

Mrs Russel Wallace,



Dear Madam2,

As president of the Royal Geographical Society3, and on behalf of the Council, I desire to assure you of our deep sympathy with you in the loss which you have sustained by the death4 of your distinguished husband, Alfred Russel Wallace. Dr Wallace was a life member of our Society, having joined it so long ago as 1854, and was thus one of the oldest members on the list. [Note added in handwriting] He was awarded our Founder’s gold medal5 in 1892.

On his eminent services to Science I need not enlarge. His contributions to geographical knowledge, both in the Amazonian basin and in the Malay Archipelago, were of the highest rank, and some of his earliest contributions on these subjects are published in the original journal of the Society6. His interest in geographical science continued to the end, and his researches had a powerful influence in directing our subject into scientific lines.

He is porobably the last of the great scientific pioneers who began their work in the early decades of the last century, tho whose labours all departments of science are indebted for the [[2]]7 advanced stage which they have now reached.

Believe me to be, dear Madam, | Yours sincerely, | [no signature]8

President, R[oyal]. G[eographical]. S[ociety].


1. No day given in date. The letter is a typed copy, on which there is no signature (see Endnote 8)

2. Wallace (née Mitten), Annie (1846-1914).

3. A learned society and professional body for geography and geographers, founded in 1830.

4. ARW died on 7 November 1913.

5. The RGS Gold Medal originated as an annual gift of fifty guineas from King William IV. It was awarded for the first time in 1831, for the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery. In 1839 the Society decided that this sum should be converted into two gold medals of equal value, to be designated the Founder’s Medal and the Patron’s Medal.

6. The Geographical Journal is a scholarly journal established in 1831, published by the Royal Geographical Society of London.

7. The number "2" is typed in the centre of the top of the page.

8. Curzon, George Nathaniel (1859-1925), known as The Earl Curzon of Kedleston between 1911-1921. British Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. He was president of the Royal Geographical Society 1911-1914.

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