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Record number: WCP5028

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edvard Alexander Westermarck
17 December 1890

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Edvard Alexander Westermarck [none given] on 17 December 1890.

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21 February 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5028.5577)

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

Held by:
Åbo Akademi University Library
Finding number:
Manuscript collections, Westermarck, Edvard, vol XXXII
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Dec[embe]r. 17th. 18901

Edvard Westermarck Esq.2

Dear Sir

I would rather you would put off your visit here a week or two because we have now builders in the house, most of our rooms are uninhabitable and we are altogether too full of dirt & discomfort to receive a visitor. When you come, there is a train from Waterloo Station at 8.5 am if you would not mind starting so early: you would then reach here a little before 1pm [[2]] & you could have lunch with us and return if you like either at 3- or 5.40 pm. reaching London at 7.403 or 9.50.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

The next morning train is at 11.15 reaching here at 3.31



1. Written under the date in an unidentified hand is the number "5118".

2. Westermarck, Edvard Alexander, (1862 - 1939), Finnish social anthropologist, philosopher, and sociologist.

3. Original dash to indicate 7 (7-) appears to have been crossed out to change the time to 7.40.

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