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Sent by:
Francis Knollys
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
2 November 1908

Sent by Francis Knollys, Buckingham Palace to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset on 2 November 1908.

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


Re. offer of Order of Merit.

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  • letter (1)
  • envelope (1)

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LETTER (WCP543.543)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/72
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Francis Knollys Literary Estate.

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2nd Nov[ember] 1908

My dDear Sir,

I am commanded by the King to inform you that it will afford him much satisfaction to confer upon you the "Order of Merit"32 in recognition of the great services which you have rendered to Sscience.

His Majesty trusts that this proposal may be agreeable to you.

Believe me | Yours truly | Knollys43 [signature]

Alfred Russel Wallace Esq[uire] LLD5


1. The red seal of Buckingham PalaceRoyal Coat of Arms of the British monarch is located printed in red to the left of the address.

2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/72]".

32. The Order of Merit is a a dynastic order which is givenawarded in recognition of distinguished service principally in the advancement of the Arts, Learning, Literature and Science. It is in the sole gift of the Sovereign and is restricted to 24 members as well as additional foreign recipients. There is also a military division included in the 24. The order wasthe armed forces, science, art, literature or the promotion of culture. It was established by King Edward VII at the time of his coronation in 1902.

43. Francis Knollys, Francis (1837- – 1924), the 1st Viscount Knollys and Private Secretary to the Sovereign, 1901 to 1913.

5. Doctor of Laws. Wallace was awarded the honorary degree of LLD by Trinity College, Dublin, in 1882.

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