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Record number: WCP549

Sent by:
Annie Loftus Lowcock
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
15 January 1913

Sent by Annie Loftus Lowcock, Wimbledon Common, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 15 January 1913.

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


Congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday; in 1875 she used his book on the Malay Archipelago as a guide when travelling from Singapore to Australia via the Torres Strait islands.

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LETTER (WCP549.549)

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Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/78
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Annie Loftus Lowcock Literary Estate.

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West Cottage2

Winterdon[?]Wimbledon Common


Jan 15th 1913.

Dear Sir,

Will you allow a stranger to congratulate you on the completion of your ninetieth year? You are no stranger to me, for as long ago as 1875 I had, than the pleasure of studying your book on the Malay Archipelagpo and using it as guidebook when going from Singapore to Australia by the Torres Strait Route. I cannot tell you how


that Bbook interested me and my husband in the islands &+ volcano'es[?] as we passed them, for we were only 3 days out of sight of land the whole way to + Albany [1 word illeg.]..

On Jan 8th of this year I read the aArticle "“ Ninety Years of Science"” and it brought back the memory of those happy days &+ made me long to tell you of the enjoy-ment you have given [[3]] to others and I rejoiced to think you had been


spared to+ continued your valuable works -.

I hope therefore you will forgive the liberty I have taken in writing to you.

I am, dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Annie Loftus Lowcock3 [Ssignature] [[4]]4


I. Annotated in ink on the upper left of the page "Answd ".

2. Annotated, including square brackets, in pencil above the address "[WP1/8/78]".

3. Possibly Lowcock, Mrs Annie Loftus c. 1849-1932, born Wicklow, Ireland, wife of Henry Lowcock.

4. Annotated in pencil on page 4, which is otherwise blank, "Annie L Lowcock".

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