A transcription handwritten by other in English.
An original MS
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: October 11, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Feb[ruary]: 16th 1854
With reference to your Lordship’s letter of yesterday stating that H. M. Government would defray the expense of Mr. Wallace’s passage to Australia in one of the Mail Packets, I have to inform your Lordship’s that Mr. Wallace will at once accept Lord Clarendon’s kind offer, which he hopes will include his servant lad, who was by the permission of the Lords of the Admiralty allowed to accompany him on board HMS "Frolic" and "Juno".
It will be in your Lordship’s recollection that the original application by Sir R. Murchison to the Earl of Clarendon in favour of Mr. Wallace’s scientific exploration of the Indian Archipelago made on the 27th of July last, was for a free passage to Singapore to which place it is still Mr. Wallace’s intention to proceed as soon as possible.
The offer of a free passage to Australia in HMS ‘Frolic’ was accepted, as your Lordship’s will recollect, because none of H.M Ships were at the time proceeding to Singapore.
Mr. Wallace would therefore feel greatly obliged if through your Lordship’s kind consideration he might be granted as soon as practicable a passage with his assistant direct to Singapore instead of Australia.
I have the honor[sic] to remain &c. | Norton Shaw. Sec. R.G.S. [signature]
1. This is a handwritten transcript of the original letter sent by Shaw, recorded in the Royal Geographical Society’s Letter Book Nov 1850 – Nov 1859.
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