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Record number: WCP560

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

Sent by New & Co., tailors, The Arcade, Bournemouth, Dorset to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 16 January 1909.

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


Re. Alfred Russel Wallace's dress waistcoat and hook and eye for ribbon (of Order of Merit).

Record contains:

  • letter (1)

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LETTER (WCP560.560)

A typical letter  .

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/89
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the New & Co., tailors Literary Estate.

Transcription information




NEW & Co.





16 January 1909


We beg herewith to hand you the Dress Wwaitstcoat, which, we trust will be found quite satisfactory.

We regret very much to say that the "eye" has not been found. The workshop had been searched in every possible way without result,s and after close questioning the workman admitted that he took the eye & hookd off and placed them in his mouth for safety whilste he was preparing the Eends of the Rribbon, he cannot understand how it happened, but he swallowed [[2]] the eye &+ was afraid to say so, for fear of being "chaffed" by his fellow workman. It is extremely annoying, and & we are very sorry about it. We can only say that we shall be very pleased to have an eye made to match the hook at your convenience --..

We are sir, | [illeg. signature] Your Obed[ien]t S[er]v[an]ts | New & Co [signature]

Dr. Alfred Russell [sic] Wallace


1. Annotation "[WP1/8/89]", including square brackets, in pencil on the top right above the address.

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

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