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Record number: WCP3703

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Joseph Antisell Allen
6 November 1893

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Joseph Antisell Allen [none given] on 6 November 1893.

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16 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3703.3610)

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

Held by:
Bancroft Library, The
Finding number:
BANC MSS 73/160 z item 6
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Nov.[ember] 6th. 1893

My dear Mr. Allen1

I was much pleased to hear from you again and to find that you are still enjoying life in your pleasant retirement at Alwington.

Although I visited twice at the house of Senator and Mrs. Stanford2 -- at Washington and in California -- I doubt, whether, among the multitude of visitors they received, she would have any distinct recollection of myself. But fortunately I know one of the professors at [[2]] the Stanford University with whom I stand at Bloomington Ill. where he was Professor of Geology3. He is a very agreeable man, with whom I have twice corresponded & to whom I can write as to a personal friend. He has been since State Geologist of Arkansas, and for a year or two has been Professor of Geology at the Stanford University. He was also for seven years in Brazil making a geological survey of the country. I enclose you a letter to him which I feel sure will cause him to give a [[3]] cordial reception to your daughter & her husband, and which will be more useful to them than one to Mrs. Stanford inasmuch as he is sure to be on the spot and able at once to give them all the information and assistance they require. He is married, & his wife is a well-informed and agreeable lady.

Pray give my kindest regards to Mrs. Allen & your daughters. I often think of the pleasant days I spent in your hospitable house and your delightful grounds & garden. Gardening is my chief hobby. I am glad to say that I am in fair health [[4]] though feeling symptoms of age especially in liability to bronchial affections. I amuse myself with miscellaneous literary work, as you perhaps know by my contribution to periodicals -- chiefly to our Fortnightly Review4 & to the Boston Arena5. I am sorry I am so far away from your son Grant6 so that I never see him.

With best wishes | Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

J. A. Allen Esq.

P.S. I hope my letter may be in time.7


1. Reverend Joseph Antisell Allen, Protestant minister from Ireland.

2. Senator Leland Stanford (9 March 1824 – 21 June 1893), American industrialist, politician, and founder of Stanford University, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford (25 August 1828 – 28 February 1905).

3. John Casper Branner (4 July 1850 – 1 March 1922), American geologist.

4. The Fortnightly Review, English magazine first published 15 May 1865.

5. The Arena, American magazine edited by B. O. Flower (19 October 1858 – 24 December 1918).

6. Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen (24 February 1848 – 25 October 1899), Canadian-English novelist and science writer.

7. This text is written in the left margin.

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