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Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: January 30, 2013
Scrutiny: 30/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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June 29th 1913
Hon. Rollo Russel1[sic]
Dear Mr. Russell
It occurs to me that you may perhaps be able to help us in a matter of considerable importance.
You know my son’s misfortune in contracting tuberculosis at Manchester & Middlesbrough, his repeated treatment in Sanatoria during the last 4 years, and the necessity of his obtaining some healthy occupation for which he is [] fitted. An opportunity now occurs at Bournemouth, by the gift to the Town of the art collections of Sir Merton Russell Cotes2 together with the house containing them -- East Cliff Hall3. The donor also provides for the addition to the house of a Museum of Nat[ural]. History Antiquities &c. and a small endowment for the upkeep and Curatorship of the combined collections. This is a position which would exactly suit my son, who is already to some extent a specialist in prehistoric weapons &c. and British Coins. No doubt Sir M. R. Cotes, will have the [] appointment, or a voice in it, and if you happen to know him you might be able to give him an introduction. As an additional qualification he is a good mechanic in wood and metals, and could supervise the proper fitting up of the Museum &c.[.] But what I chiefly wish to suggest is, That[sic] I possess the nucleus of a museum in a series of illustrative specimens of insects and birds, including a fine series of Birds of Paradise collected by oneself. I also have an interesting set of American Flint implements given me by the Museum authorities in Washington, as well as a considerable number of scientific books, especially of those dealing with evolution, and Darwinism.
All these, and whatever else I possess of scientific interest -- a good collection of Autograph letters &c., [] I had intended leaving to my Son, but which in the event of his obtaining the Curatorship, I would present to the Museum.
I think also that my advice might be of use in designing and fitting up the Museum, a subject on which I have written, and to which I have paid attention for the last 50 years.
I also possess a small but very good Astronomical Telescope by Cooke of York, which shows many objects in great perfection and would serve to give a preliminary training to observers till a large instrument could be obtained.
Hoping you may be able to give us some advice and assistance in this matter, I am and[?] --
Yours very faithfully Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Francis Albert Rollo Russell (1849 - 1914). A meteorologist noted for his study of the worldwide effects of the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.
2. Sir Merton Russell Cotes (1835 - 1921). Mayor of Bournemouth 1894-1895 and local benefactor.
3. East Cliff Hall remains the home of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.
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