Sent by Francis Knollys, Buckingham Palace to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset on 2 November 1908.
Re. offer of Order of Merit.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 1
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: October 11, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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2nd Nov[ember] 1908
My Dear 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"2 in recognition of the great services which you have rendered to science.
His Majesty trusts that this proposal may be agreeable to you.
Believe me | Yours truly | Knollys3 [signature]
Alfred Russel Wallace Esq LLD
1. The red seal of Buckingham Palace is located to the left of the address.
2. The Order of Merit is a dynastic order which is given in recognition of distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature or the promotion of culture. It was established in 1902.
3. Francis Knollys (1837 – 1924), the 1st Viscount Knollys and Private Secretary to the Sovereign, 1901 to 1913.
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