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Record number: WCP5365

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Isabella Beecher Hooker
25 August 1888

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to Isabella Beecher Hooker [none given] on 25 August 1888.

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27 June 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5365.6039)

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

Held by:
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Finding number:
Joseph K. Hooker Collection
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Frith Hill, Godalming.

August 25th. 1888

My dear Mrs. Beecher Hooker,1

It will give me much pleasure to see you here whenever convenient to you, and we can give you a bed if you will put up with our plain English way of living in rural districts. I had a serious illness last winter from the effect of which I have not fully recovered, or I should have gone again [[2]] to America this year. I did not get your former letter. Godalming is in Surrey on the Portsmouth line, and quite in the opposite direction to Leamington. It is 34 miles -- one hour by rail -- from London -- Waterloo Station. We should be pleased to see Mr. Hooker also if it is convenient to him. Mr Crookes’2 address is -- 7, Kensington Park Gardens, W[est].[.] I enclose a card to serve as an introduction but I expect he will be from [[3]] home now, as in this month almost every body[sic] leaves London who can do so. Mr Stainton Moses3 will probably be found or heard of at the office of "Light"4 , but he also will I think be away this month. The office is at No.16 in your street and you may find also Dawson Rogers5 there who I am sure will be glad to see you. I enclose you two tickets for the Zoological Gardens in case you like to go with any friend. They are open on Sunday.

With kind remembrances | Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Isabella Beecher Hooker (1822-1907). American political activist, lecturer and advocate for women’s rights.

2. Sir William Crookes (1832-1919). British chemist and science journalist. Following the death of a brother in 1867, he became a supporter of psychic phenomena and mediumship.

3. Stainton Moses (1839-1892). English cleric and spiritualist. He was a founding member of the Society for Psychical Research.

4.Light was a spiritualist journal founded in 1881 by Edmund Dawson Rogers. He edited the journal from 1894 up until his death in 1910.

5.Edmund Dawson Rogers (1823-1910). English journalist and spiritualist. He was a founder member of the Society for Psychical Research and founded and edited the spiritualist journal, Light.

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