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Record number: WCP4306

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Alexander Bailie-Hamilton
8 February 1854

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Keppels Head, Portsea to William Alexander Bailie-Hamilton Admiralty on 8 February 1854.

Record created:
02 July 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4306.4434)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
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Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] 1


Dear Sir

Commander Nolloth having informed me today that he had received orders to cruise in the English Channel & that his Australian sailing orders had been recalled I have left the "Frolic" this afternoon after being fourteen days on board, and by leave through you respectfully to enquire whether the passage to Australia which the Lords of the Admiralty kindly granted me will be now given in any other ship.

I beg leave at the same time to mention that the Commander & Officers of H.M.S. Frolic have done everything to render my stay with them agreeable and I should prefer as shoul would Com.[mander] Nolloth, if a choice remains, to accompany them as at first arranged.

As my present situation is one of much inconvenience & suspense, I trust [[2]] their Lordships will favour me with a reply at their earliest convenience

I have the honour to remain | &c. &c. | Alfred R. Wallace. [signature]

Capt: W. A. B. Hamilton R. N.

P.S. By all means propose me as a fellow of the R.G.S. I wrote to Reeve to send the Book. A.R.W. [signature]


1. This letter was originally included in a letter Wallace wrote to Henry Norton Shaw, Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, dated 8th February 1854 (WCP3558.3455). As it says copy at the head of the letter, it may be that Wallace re-wrote the letter for Shaws information.

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