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Record number: WCP394

Sent by:
Herbert Edward ("Edward") Wallace
Sent to:
? Sims (née Wallace), Frances ("Fanny") & Wallace, Mary Ann (née Greenell)
30 August [1850]

Sent by Herbert Edward ("Edward") Wallace, Barra de Rio Negro, Brazil to ? Sims (née Wallace), Frances ("Fanny") & Wallace, Mary Ann (née Greenell) [none given] on 30 August [1850].

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Re. his brother Alfred Russel Wallace's departure up the Rio Negro; his own plan to spend two months collecting specimens for sale in order to repay Alfred Russel Wallace's loan of £10; plans to leave for England, expecting to be home at Christmas.

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LETTER (WCP394.394)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/77
Copyright owner:
©Wallace Family
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Barra de[sic] Rio Negro

30th. August [1851?]

Dear Fanny and Mother

Alfred having told you all about not receiving the letters sooner, and having started to day for his long journey up the Rio Negro, I sit down to write you a few lines on my prospects. Alfred has left me in the City of the Rio Negro with the sum of 10£, all that he could spare, and I have given him a receipt to pay him when able. I am a thousand miles from Pará, and my present plan is as follows; to hire a hunter immediately, and go for a couple of months into the country to make a collection of Birds and Insects which will be sufficient to pay my [[2]] voyage to England, and I hope I have a few pounds in my pocket besides. If I have enough when I arrive in Pará to buy a few Pipes and small articles to sell in England I will; but it is no use you sending a small sum, for that purpose, as the Brazilian money is now low. -- When I arrive in England, I have my plans which I can better tell than write. I do not like the Californian theme for many reasons, much obliged to you for mentioning it the same. I should like to have seen Johns first letter from San Francisco, I cannot draw many ideas from his second. No doubt he is sure to get on there. I wish I was a little more unpoetical; but as [[3]] I am what I am, I must try and do the best for myself I can. -- I will not (though I could) tell you of anything wonderful belonging to this country, I will not make you smile over wit, or sensationalize our Poetry "Trifles light as air" be gone!! -- I have bussiness[sic] before me -- and must look sharp! Visions of my youth for a while away! Let me see (for a while) but the Ambrosial shop far away upon the mountain top and set my mind upon one object. So for the present farewell! give my love and thanks to Thomas for his amusing letter and the same to all friends -- till we meet,

I must now remain │Your affectionate Son and Brother │Herbert Edward Wallace [signature]

P.S. You may expect me home at Christmas. --

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