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Record number: WCP5377

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham (née Paterson)
30 November 1889

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham (née Paterson) [none given] on 30 November 1889.

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18 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5377.6087)

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

Held by:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finding number:
William Allingham Collection: Box 2, Folder 299
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Nov[embe]r. 30th. 1889

Dear Mrs. Allingham2

The only trustworthy public medium I know of now is Miss Lottie Fowler3, 14 Mount Street, Berkeley Square. The best way would be for you to write to her & ask for an appointment as then you would see her alone.

She is what is called a "trance medium", & I have heard from several persons [[2]] that she gives wonderful tests. Do not however be disappointed if you get communication from some friend or relative instead of from Mr. Alingham4, in fact you might get a better test that way, as it would and be imputable to your own expectations.

I am glad to say that my health is much better than when I was at Godalming [[3]] but I cannot tell yet whether the change of climate has had any thing to do with it.

With best wishes from self & wife

Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

P.S. Dorset is as rich in picturesque Cottages as Surrey, A.R.W..[signature]


1. The top left-hand corner of the sheet is marked with the letter "a". It is not in Wallace’s handwriting.

2. Helen Allingham (1848-1926). English watercolour painter and illustrator.

3. Lottie Fowler was the name used by Charlotte Connolly (1836-1899). American born medium.

4. William Allingham (1824-1889). Irish poet, diarist and editor. William Allingham died on 18 November, 1889.

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