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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Sydney Carlyle Cockerell
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2 October 1904

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell [none given] on 2 October 1904.

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14 October 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline

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LETTER (WCP5456.6185)

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Morgan Library and Museum
Finding number:
MA 3000.127
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]]

Broadstone, Wimborne

Oct[obe]r. 2nd. 1904

Sydney C. Cockerell1 Esq,

Dear Mr. Cockerell

Your last note shows that it is useless hunting[?] at random among the Wallaces! George Wallace and Eliz[abeth]. Wallace2 are the only two worth further enquiry. I should have told you that no further information is to be had at Hanworth, as my son went there & saw the parson, & the Registers of the 18th. cent[ury]. are lost, as also at Laleham.3 [[2]]

The only other Wills I should like to have looked at are those of John Roberts who died at Epsom about 1868-9 and was buried in Ashstead churchyard. But his name seems to have become so obliterated on the Tomb (in which his wife and son are also buried) that a friend who looked at it for me could not find it.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]

[[3]]

P.S. The Will of John Roberts is wanted because he was a Cousin of my Mothers, and his widow used to tell my sister or rather hint that there was some property which would come to us. But we never heard more of it.

A.R.W. [signature]

ENDNOTES

1. Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle (1867-1962). English museum curator and book collector. Brother of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell. He was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1908-1937).

2. Wallace’s paternal grandparents, William Wallace and his wife, Elizabeth Dilke.

3. Wallace’s grandparents are buried in Laleham churchyard.

I had all the information about the Laleham tombstone2 before. My father was born June 20th. 1771 -- and his mother died 6 months afterwards. His father married again another Elizabeth. I should like you to read the Wills of these two Eliz[abeth]. Wallace's, but I hardly think the first would have left one. The above date of birth of my father & of the preceeding [sic] W.G.W. are in an old prayer book of my grandfathers [[2]] (printed in 1723) -- so there is no doubt about his being the same who married again, & died in 1783 when my father was 12 years old. His Will is dated March 1783 only 2 months before his death, -- & he speaks there of his "loving wife Elizabeth" and his son "Thomas Vere Wallace" so that the proof of second marriage is complete.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

I return the vicar's letter in case you have not a copy. as I have the facts.

A.R.W.[signature]

ENDNOTES

1. Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle (1867-1962). English museum curator and book collector. Brother of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell. He was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1908-1937).

2. Wallace’s paternal grandparents, William Wallace and his wife, Elizabeth Dilke, are buried in Laleham churchyard.

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