Sent by Annie Loftus Lowcock, Wimbledon Common, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 15 January 1913.
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.
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: October 13, 2014
Scrutiny: 13/10/2014 - Lucas, Paula J.;
Signed off: no
Jan 15th 1913.
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 [] 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
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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