Sent by J. Spence Johston, South Croydon to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 12 January 1913.
Congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday and on his achievements.; Stamped envelope addressed to Alfred Russel Wallace at Broadstone, postmarked Croydon 12 Jan 1913; annotated on the front [in Alfred Russel Wallace's hand] "Revd. Mr. Johnstone (sic) | No answer".
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: October 7, 2014
Scrutiny: 07/10/2014 - Lucas, Paula J.;
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JAN Jan[uary] 12,  '13
Dear Dr. Wallace,
I have been away from home for the last week + & had not heard, till it was over, that you had celebrated your ninetieth birthday during the week, but I must send belated greetings to offer my congratulations + & to express my hope that you may be
spared to us here for many more years to continue the great work you have done for humanity. -
With every gofond[?] wish | I am | Yours sincerely | J. Spence Johnston2 [signature]
P.S. Please do not trouble to acknowledge this.
1. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/69 (1)]".
2. Possibly Johnston, John Spence, Anglican clergyman in Croydon, died c. 1914.
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