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Record number: WCP501

Sent by:
Arthur Button
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
7 January 1913

Sent by Arthur Button, Parkstone, Dorset, to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 7 January 1913.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday and commenting on his article in the "Daily News and Leader."

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LETTER (WCP501.501)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/30
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Arthur Button Literary Estate.

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Ivydene, Sea view r[oa]d, Parkstone.2


To Dr. A. R. Wallace

Dear Sir,

Please accept my heartiest congratulation on this your ninetieth birthday, wishing you the utmost happiness & hoping that you may be spared to us a long while yet; I was glad to read in Mondays D.[aily] N.[ews] & L.[eader] that that[sic] you are still on the Warpath, preaching more agitation -- more determination, would you could infuse more [[2]] of that spirit into own so-called leaders today; so that they in their turn could impart more of it to us the rank & file, for I realize that we all must do our part.

In saying how much I owe to you for the pleasure I have had in reading what you have given us by your pen, as naturalist, traveller, scientist, Socialist, Anti vaccinationist, I can only say that it is my sincere wish that you do not trouble to acknowledge this letter for I feel we cannot [[3]] spare the slightest effort on your part from the more useful work you have in hand.

I am yours respectfully | Arthur Button. [signature]


1. The word Ans[wered]d in Wallaces hand is written in the top left hand corner of the page.

2. [WP1/8/30] is written in pencil in the top right hand corner of the page. This is the Museums collection reference for the letter.

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