Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Edward Birks [none given] on 7 February 1890.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: July 11, 2013
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Feb[ruar]y. 7th. 1890
Dear Mr. Birks
If I said 4.35 I made a mistake. The train is due at Sheffield at 4.43. Can you be as good as to see that there is a good shaded reading lamp for me. A candle, such as is usually provided, will not do, as I cannot see my notes with such a light, & the Lecture suffers. A common low paraffin lamp is the best, well shaded, in a box, to be completely hidden from the audience, and with an opaque paper shade [] to throw a good light on my notes. I should like to see this lamp & table &c. as soon as I arrive, & give the operator instructions as to the slides &c.
Either tea or dinner will suit me, whichever you are accustomed to have, but, if convenient, I should like it not later than 6 [o’clock], as the lecture is, I see, at 7.30. If dinner I should be glad of a cup of tea in returning from the lecture.
[] Thanking you for your kind consideration.
I remain | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace – [signature]
Edward Birks Esq1
1. Wallace has written the addressee’s name at the bottom of the page.
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