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Record number: WCP4885

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Lyell
15 June 1873

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Dell, Grays, Essex to Charles Lyell [none given] on 15 June 1873.

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16 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4885.5285)

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

Held by:
American Philosophical Society
Finding number:
The Darwin-Lyell Collection
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] 4291

The Dell, Grays, Essex,

June 15th. 1873

Dear Sir Charles

I must apologise for having not written earlier to thank you for the new Edition of the "Anitquity2" It forms a very handsome volume & the number & importance of the additions & alterations are such as to convince every body[sic] that great care & much labour has been bestowed upon it.

I was very glad to hear from Miss Buckley that notwithstanding your great bereavement3 you [[2]] were able to continue your literary work.

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

I return by Parcels Delivery the volume of Leidy’s3 papers you were so good as to lend me.

A.R.W. [signature]


1. The number "429" has been inscribed at the top, left-hand, corner of the page. It is not Wallace’s hand-writing.

2. Lyell’s Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man was first published in three volumes in 1863. A much-revised fourth edition was published in 1873.

3. Lyell’s wife, Mary, died in 1873.

4. Joseph Leidy (1823 - 1891). American palaeontologist.

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