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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edward Birks
On:
7 February 1890

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Edward Birks [none given] on 7 February 1890.

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16 October 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline

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LETTER (WCP4775.5151)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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American Philosophical Society
Finding number:
Alfred Russel Wallace Collection Mss.B.W15a
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]]

Parkstone, Dorset.

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 [[2]] 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.

[[3]] Thanking you for your kind consideration.

I remain | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace[signature]

Edward Birks Esq1

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1. Wallace has written the addressee’s name at the bottom of the page.

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