Sent by New & Co., tailors, The Arcade, Bournemouth, Dorset to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 14 January 1909.
Letter addressed to "Dr Russell Wallace", re. shortening of a ribbon; mysterious loss of eye from hook and eye fastening.
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: October 13, 2014
Scrutiny: 13/10/2014 - Lucas, Paula J.;
Signed off: no
NEW & Co.
LADIES' & GENTLEMENS' |
HIGH CLASS TAILORS.3
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
[] 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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