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Record number: WCP5287

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
John William Robertson Scott
22 March 1911

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to John William Robertson Scott [none given] on 22 March 1911.

Record created:
07 May 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5287.5831)

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

Some words of the letter look as though they have been deleted with Tipp-ex, although they are still readable. There is considerable writing in pencil in another hand.

Held by:
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Finding number:
MSS 137, box 28, folder 1438
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



March 22nd 1911

J. W. Robertson Scott Esq[uire]1

Dear Sir2,

Though I have built several houses myself I cannot make any such suggestions as you want. The subject is far too complex & difficult. & I am much [word illeg.]3

Yours truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Scott, John William Robertson (1866-1962). Journalist and writer on rural affairs.

2. Words 'Dear Sir' have been obscured with white correcting fluid.

3. Words '& I am much [word illeg.]' obscured with white correcting fluid.

4. The letter is annotated in pencil in three distinct hands. The first hand states 'Delete ink smears & portions rushed'. The second hand then annotates the letter with the following: 'Cut out all pencilled. Cut & push up Yours truly Alfred Wallace. But join must [word ileg.] not show. If it will, give me a block of Yours truly AR Wallace [word illeg].' The third hand appears on the reverse of the letter and states 'Romford Garden home[?] 29 of 2o/c[?].'

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