Sent by Daniel Hughes, Clune House, Pontypool, Wales to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 9 January 1913.
Congratulating Wallace on his 90th birthday.
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: September 22, 2014
Scrutiny: 22/09/2014 - Lucas, Paula J.;
Signed off: no
Jan[uar]y 9th. 1913
Dr. Alfred Russell [sic] Wallace,
To the many congratulations and tributes you will have received on your 90th birthday, permit one unknown to you to add just one more. Your books have been an inspiration to me for years Your 'Problem of Life'3 I reviewed publicly in my pulpit, for I am not considered always orthodox in the choice of subjects, nevertheless the hundreds of young men that listen and appreciate would gladden your heart. We owe you much - and are ready to owe you more. May you be long spared in the renewal of your youth though years become many.
It may be that a word from Monmouthshire and not far from Usk-Side will not be altogether a voice from a wilderness for I believe you remember Usk. Well, the Tennysonian wish of 'no moaning of the bar'4 seems incongruous in your older days, not 'sea' but 'sky' seems better - so may the westering sky be golden.
Yours faithfully, | Daniel Hughes5 [signature]
1. Annotated in ink in the top left corner "Ansd".
2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil to the left of the address "[WP1/8/66]".
3. Possibly the anonymous newspaper interview with Alfred Russel Wallace, regarding a paper on the origin of life given by Prof. E. A. Schäfer in Dundee at the 82nd annual BAAS meeting, headlined "The problem of life". (1912). Daily News & Leader (London & Manchester) No. 20748 (7 September): p. 1.
4. Tennyson, Alfred, British poet (1809 - 1892). The line is from his 1899 poem Crossing the Bar : "And may there be no moaning of the bar, | When I put out to sea".
5. Hughes, Daniel (1875 - 1909). Welsh-born Baptist preacher and social activist.
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