Asking to be excused attendance at the investiture of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace on 12 December, on the grounds of age and delicate health. Annotated in [Alfred Russel Wallace's hand] "copy sent".
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Transcriber: Benny, Ruth
Transcription date: January 28, 2014
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Nov[embe]r 25th 1908
To the Lord Chamberlain2
I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd inst[an]t, requesting my attendance at Buckingham Palace on Dec[embe]r 12th, in order to be invested with the insignia of a member of the Order of Merit.
I have been informed, that, under in special circumstances cases personsal attendance is may be is kindly dispensed with not required.
I therefore beg to inform you [] that I shall enter my 86th year in January next, that I am in delicate health, and that I have only partially recovered from a recent illness. I therefore venture to hope that the King3 will kindly excuse my personal attendance at the investiture, and I shall be much obliged if you will inform me whether I must make a personal application to his Majesty, through Lord [] Knollys4, in order that this favour may be granted me.
Your obed[ien]t Servant | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Annotated in the top left hand corner of the page is written 'Copy Sent' in an unidentified hand, (probably by Alfred Russel Wallace).
2. Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer
3. King Edward VII
4. Francis Knollys, 1st Viscount Knollys
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