Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, ?Singapore to Fanny or Thomas Sims, [7 Conduit Street, Regent Street, London] on .
Re. transmission and payment for "Home News"; (Sims's) advertisements for photographic portraits on enamel opal glass and paper; insects and box of heavy clothes sent home; plan to visit California; funny Chinese pictures.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
part of text currently missing
Transcriber: Sloyan, Victoria
Transcription date: November 29, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
I shall be quite agreeable to take your Home News, but you must arrange with the publishers to post it regularly to me instead of to you, or it may be too late for the mail. Enquire of Mr. Stevens for how long he has paid in advance & when that is finished he will pay the next half year to you. But mind & do not have any mistake so that it misses reaching me as usual.
I think you should discontinue your removal advertisement & substitute some more striking heading as,
Photographic Portraits on Enamel Opal Glass & Paper, Mr. Sims, 7 Conduit St[reet]. invites his friend & th[e]. public to examine his specimens in these new & beautiful styles which he has at length succeeded in bringing to perfection.. &c &c &c...
[] I am sending home in a box with my insects some heavy cloth clothes (keeping a few for use in California) which you can take care of for me till my return. Last mail I only received one Athenaeum1, but they2 generally come pretty regular. You did not acknowledge the receipt of the funny chineese[sic] pictures[.] I will get a few more now if I can[.] They will do to put in a Scrap Book. I have nothing more to tell you now but will write again when I have got a passage somewhere.
1. ‘Athenaeum’ is the name of a journal of the period.
2. The ‘y’ in ‘they’ has been written in at a later date in a different coloured ink.
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