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Record number: WCP4796

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Algernon ("Algernon", "Ally") Wilson
27 November 1868

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, London, N.W. to Charles Algernon ("Algernon", "Ally") Wilson [none given] on 27 November 1868.

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24 October 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


Informs his cousin about the death of his mother, Mary Ann Wallace.

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LETTER (WCP4796.5189)

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

Held by:
John Greenell Wilson
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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9, St Mark’s Crescent

Regents’ Park North

Nov[ember]. 27th. 1868

My Dear Cousin

I have to inform you of the death of my Mother, which took place on the 15th. of this month at my sisters’ at Ifield -- in Sussex. She was in her 81st. year.

For some months she had been very weak and feeble and about a month before her death had a slight paralytic stroke. Soon after this she became weaker & had [word illeg.] fits if insensability[sic], and finally passed away without pain. [[2]]

I was very sorry to hear by your last, that you feared[?] you would be obliged to give up the Linnean Society. I hope a favourable change may have occurred & that may be able to continue it. Please let me know as soon as you can decide, -- as I must return the Journals I am now receiving for you, if absolutely determine[d] on ceasing to be a member.

My own prospects are still uncertain. The "East London Museum"1 affairs are still not yet settled. If I get the Curatorship then I shall perhaps [[3]] join the Linn[ean]. Soc[iety]. myself; though perhaps I may then go in for the F.R.S. as the Royal Society have this year granted me one of their Royal Medals which I am to receive next Monday.

I am now printing my book of Malay Travels which would have been out by this time, but for delays with Artists & Wood Cutters.

I hear that your uncle Edward Wilson is in London. Have you his address, & shall I send the letters you send me for him, to him or burn them?

With best wishes | Believe me | Your affectionate cousin | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. The "East London Museum" is a reference to the Bethnal Green Museum, which opened in 1872 (now the V&A Museum of Childhood). Wallace did not succeed in securing a role there.

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