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Record number: WCP544

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Robert Spencer
25 November 1908

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Charles Robert Spencer [none given] on 25 November 1908.

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


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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LETTER (WCP544.544)

An author's draft handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/73
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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1Old Orchard



Nov[embe]r 25th 1908

To the Lord Chamberlain2

Mr Lord

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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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