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Record number: WCP535

Sent by:
W. J. Horn
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
9 January 1913

Sent by W. J. Horn, Woldingham, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 9 January 1913.

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


Congratulating Wallace on his 90th birthday and his achievements; stamped envelope postmarked Woldingham 9 Jan 1913 addressed to Alfred Russel Wallace.

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  • letter (1)
  • envelope (1)

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LETTER (WCP535.535)

A typical letter  .

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/64(1)
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the W. J. Horn Literary Estate.

Transcription information



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9 Jan[uary] 1913

Dear Dr. Wallace

Accept our hearty congratulations on your latest achievement & may you see your century.

Science is shamefully neglected: had you been a miserable politician, or a wretched millionaire (maybe out of the hard earned halfpence of the poor) you might have been a peer.

But I think it likely that you have desired more lasting & innocent gratification from your labours than they from theirs and have certainly earned the gratitude & respect of all thinking people.

Yours faithfully, | W J Horn [signature]


1. Annotated in [pencil?] in the top left corner "Ansd".

2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/64 (1)]".

3. The address is on the upper right, embossed, white on white and only faintly visible. The accompanying envelope is postmarked Woldingham, Surrey.

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