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Record number: WCP559

Sent by:
New & Co., tailors
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
14 January 1909

Sent by New & Co., tailors, The Arcade, Bournemouth, Dorset to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 14 January 1909.

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


Letter addressed to "Dr Russell Wallace", re. shortening of a ribbon; mysterious loss of eye from hook and eye fastening.

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LETTER (WCP559.559)

A typical letter  .

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/88
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the New & Co., tailors Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2

NEW & Co.





14 January 1909


We beg respectfully gayto say, that the workman who shortened your Rribbon this morning has just told us that he mislaid the eye &+ as he was not able to findx[?] it in time he put on another one. We have searched everywhere for the lost article, but cannot find it. We can only think now that it is just possible the missing eye might be lodged in the jewel somehow? as it most inexplicable[?]. We regret very much that we did not know of this before you had left. at [sic] [1 word illeg.].anyrate

[[2]] wWe shall be very pleased to make good the mishap &+ have a new eye made to look the like the hook[?]. Again expressing our regret.

We are sir, | [signature illeg.]Your Obed[ient] Ser[van]ts. | New & Co [signature]

Dr. Russell [sic] Wallace


1. Annotated above the address in pencil in an unknown hand (possibly but not certainly Wallace's) "This refers to the ribbon of the Order of Merit which Messr. New & Co were instructed to shorten."

2. Annotation "[WP1/8/88]", including square brackets, made in 2002 in pencil by Paula Lucas.

3. "NEW & Co...TAILORS" is printed on three lines on the left of the page in the original.

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