A typical letter typewritten in English and signed by unsigned.
An original MS
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: O'Dell, Sandra
Transcription date: April 9, 2015
Scrutiny: 09/04/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
18th April, 1916
I thank you for your memorandum covering a photograph of the Wallace Memorial3 and an account of the expenditure of the funds subscribed, which were laid before my Council4 at their meeting yesterday.
I venture to think that the Committee5 are to be congratulated on the result of their labours.
Believe me | yours very faithfully | [No signature] [Arthur Robert Hinks]6 | Secretary.
The Hon. Secretary7.
Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund
1. The letter is typed.
2. The letter is held in the archives of the Royal Geographical Society.
3. A circular white marble medallion, featuring the head of ARW in profile. It is sited in the North Aisle of the Choir, between those of Charles Darwin and Joseph Lister. It is inscribed "ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE 1823-1913". It was carved by Albert Bruce-Joy, who based it on the earlier medallion he had made. It was unveiled on 1st November 1915.
4. Council of the Royal Geographical Society.
5. Soon after ARW’s death three close friends, Edward Bagnall Poulton, Ralph Meldola and James Marchant set up a Committee (later memorial Fund) to raise money to pay for three memorials: a medallion, a portrait and a statue. The photograph (see Endnote 3) is of the medallion; the portrait painting by J. W. Beaufort was presented to the Natural History Museum on the 100th anniversary of ARW’s birth in January 1923 and insufficient money was raised to fund the statue at the time.
6. Hinks, Arthur Robert (1873-1945). British astronomer and geographer, appointed Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society in 1915.
7. Marchant, James (1857-1956). Free Church minister, social activist and philanthropist.
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