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Record number: WCP5455

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson
6 November 1891

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson [none given] on 6 November 1891.

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14 October 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5455.6184)

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

Held by:
Morgan Library and Museum
Finding number:
MA 1754
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Nov[embe]r. 6th. 1891

My dear Sir

I must apologise for not replying to your letter sooner but I received it at a friend’s house & on my return here I found so many letters to reply to & other work to do that yours lay forgotten in my pocket book.

I am sorry to have to decline taking the chair at Prince Kropotkin’s1 lecture, because I am living [[2]] 120 miles from London, & never come up except on pressing business. Had I been living in London I would have gladly shown my appreciation of Prince Kropotkin’s writings & sufferings in the cause of human progress.

Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]

T. J. Cobden-Sanderson Esq.2



1. Prince Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921). Russian polymath and anarchist.

2. Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922). English artist and bookbinder.

3. Text reading “MA 1794” is written beneath the addressee’s name. It is not in Wallace’s hand-writing.

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