Sent by Arthur Button, Parkstone, Dorset to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset] on 7 January 1913.
Congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday and commenting on his article in the 'Daily News and Leader.'
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Tew, Alison
Transcription date: July 8, 2006
Scrutiny: 28/03/2012 - Szentgyorgyi, Katherine; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Ivydene, Sea view r[oa]d, Parkstone.2
To Dr. A. R. Wallace
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 [] 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 [] 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 Wallace’s 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 Museum’s collection reference for the letter.
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