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Sent by:
Edward Bagnall Poulton
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
28 August 1923

Sent by Edward Bagnall Poulton, St Helens Cottage. St Helens, Isle of Wight to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 28 August 1923.

Record created:
04 March 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5117.5624)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP16/1/150
Copyright owner:
©Robin Edward Poulton

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[[1]]1, 2






Aug[ust] 28/1923

Dear Mr. Wallace,

I have found what I think was an error in your father's life. In most editions he speaks of his brother William's death in February1846; but the paper you gave me said 1845.

If he left at Leicester of Easter 1846 he would have been two years there; but in the longer life (vol I p. 240) he speaks of "my year spent at Leicester". He realised this in the shorter life and days (p.130) "my two years"; and [I?] think it was one year and that he was misled by the year 1846 for he had given his brother's death. What he says of his brother John joining him afterwards is also inconsistent with yr 1846; for he says John joined him in [[2]] January which was in 1847; whereas the context shows it was 1846 when they began engineering & surveying &c. together in Neath.

But Ithink it is safe safer to write to you about it.

On p. 121. of the shorter life, the "middle of December" is I presume 1843 and not 1844 (this I think is containing & word on p. 115) I cannot find the date at which he first entered the Leicester school, but I think it must have been in about February 1844.

With kind regards hoping that you are all well, | I am yours I E.B Poulton [signature]


1. Written in an unidenified hand at the top of the page is 'Prayer book 1845 in ARW's hand'.

2. Written in the top right of the page is the archival reference 'WP16/1/150'.

3. Written in an unidentified hand is 'Ans[were]d. O. K.'.

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