Wallace Letters Online

Share this:

Record number: WCP541

Sent by:
Sarah A. Jones
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
10 January 1913

Sent by Sarah A. Jones, Briton Ferry, South Wales to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 10 January 1913.

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


Congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday, reminding him of her parents who knew him at Bryncoch and aunt Catherine Rees who caught butterflies for him, and asking if he could send her a photo of himself.

Record contains:

  • letter (1)

View item:

LETTER (WCP541.541)

A typical letter  .

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/70
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Sarah A. Jones Literary Estate.

Transcription information



[[1]]1, 2




South Wales

10 . 1 . [19]13

Dear Dr Wallace

I findthink inI’m head reading [1 word illeg.]Public Opinion3 of this date that you have just celebrated your 90th. year + & I feel I musthand write to congratulate you. I sincerely hope you will be spared for many years to come. I hope you will excuse me for asking you for a favour [sic] [.] Will


you please give me one of your photos? If you remember I wrote you some few years ago &+ sent you a baked stone loafop such as you use to have at Bryncock.[?] I am the daughter of [1 word illeg.]the late Miss Jenny Rees of Bryncoch. I have often heard my dear father the late[?] Mr Henry Jones & my dear mother speak of you. & my Aunt Catherine has Rees told me that she use to catch all the butterflies she could for you


in the Ggarden, & fields at Bryncoch.4 So if you will kindly send me one of your photos I shall prize it very much. Hoping to hear from you soon &+ with kindest regards.

Believe me | Yours Faithfully | Sarah A. Jones [signature]



If you send me your photo, will you please write your signature?

Sally Jones [signature]


1. Annotated in ink in the left corner "Answd".

2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/70]".

3. Public Opinion was a weekly journal published in London

4. Bryncoch, formerly a village, now a suburb of the town of Neath in Wales. The name derives from the Welsh 'red hill' (bryn coch), originally the name of a nearby farm. Wallace lived at Bryncoch Farm in about 1845 while working as a surveyor for the Great Western Railway company.

Please note that work on this transcript is not yet complete. Users are advised to study electronic image(s) of this document, if available.