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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
29 January 1887

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Hamilton Hotel, Washington D.C., U.S.A. to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming on 29 January 1887.

Record created:
06 August 2011 by Beccaloni, George


Re. her letter about snow in England and damage to garden; Hampden (John Hampden of the Flat Earth Society) not a threat as few American papers would print anything by him; flattery becoming "quite painful", quotes remarks by dinner host, Mr Nordhoff, Washington representative of "New York Herald", describes dinner in detail including settings (guests names in gold on rose leaves), dining etiquette; J A Allen, father of Grant Allen staying nearby with his family; magnificence of Washington, street layout and houses; details of city's tram system; approval of American methods of warming houses and trains; superiority of American railway system; details of hotel room including heater and gas lamp; amazing experiences of spiritualist General Lippitt, materialisations and slate-writing; séances attended; visit to millionaire spiritualist Senator Stanford and his wife, Stanford to spend 20 million dollars to found a university in memory of his son; sending press cuttings on weather and on Garibaldi; no lectures recently but two arranged in Canada in March; has sent an article to Harris and written reviews for some American papers.

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  • letter (1)
  • envelope (1)

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ENVELOPE (WCP435.1496)

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/5/16(2)
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Image credit:
©Trustees of The Natural History Museum



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