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Record number: WCP4889

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Lyell
[not recorded]

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Charles Lyell [none given] on  .

Record created:
16 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4889.5289)

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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5 Westbourne Grove Terrace

London. W.

Monday Afternoon

My dear Sir

I have just received your kind note. I am engaged all day tomorrow, but will with much pleasure call on you on Thursday at one pm., & shall feel much honoured by making the acquaintance of one whose works I have so long admired.

The few objections that have occurred to me while reading 1 [[2]] Mr. Darwin2’s book have almost always vanished on more mature consideration; I shall therefore feel much interest in learning what are the more weighty difficulties that have occurred to you.

I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Sir Charles Lyell3


1. Text in unknown hand reads "47" at the bottom right of the page

2. Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882), English naturalist

3. Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet (1797 - 1875), British lawyer and geologist

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