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Record number: WCP4309

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
John Wodehouse
23 February 1854

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [none given] to John Wodehouse Foreign Office on 23 February 1854.

Record created:
03 July 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4309.4437)

A transcription handwritten by other in English.

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
Letter Book Nov 1850 - Nov 1859 f.127-128
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Feb[rua]ry 23rd 1854

Foreign Office

Lord Wodehouse

My Lord,

Your Lordships letter of the 13th inst.[ant] to the Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society having conveyed the intimation that H. Ms Government would bear the expense of my passage to the East in a Mail Packet, a reply was sent on the 16th inst.[ant] accepting the same and requesting that the passage might be granted direct to Singapore as being the part I wish to reach.

I therefore venture again to address your Lordship (as the overland Mail to Singapore leaves next week) to know if Lord [[2]]2 Clarendon will kindly direct a passage to be granted me by that opportunity.

I have the honour to be | Your Lordship | obedient humble servant | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. This is a handwritten transcript of the original letter sent by Wallace, recorded in the Royal Geographical Societys Letter Book Nov 1850 – Nov 1859.

2. The year 1854 is written in the top left hand margin of page 2.

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