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Record number: WCP540

Sent by:
J. Spence Johston
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
12 January 1913

Sent by J. Spence Johston, South Croydon to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 12 January 1913.

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


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".

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LETTER (WCP540.540)

A typical letter  .

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/69(1)
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the J. Spence Johston Literary Estate.

Transcription information







JAN Jan[uary] 12, [19] '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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