Sent by C. E. Orridge, The Drug Exchange, Farncombe, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 8 January 1913.
Re. an article about his views of the past, present and future in "The Star"; Orridge's father's own foresight in predicting events; enclosing two plans for workers' homes and pensions and a booklet of his (Orridge's) own inventions (not present); Orridge's patented coal burning smokeless stove; wishing Alfred Russel Wallace many more years of peace and comfort (on his 90th birthday).
A typical letter .
Transcriber: Sarvis, Nicole Mary
Transcription date: October 13, 2014
Scrutiny: 13/10/2014 - Lucas, Paula J.;
Signed off: no
Jan 8, 1913
Jan[uary] 8, 1913
Dear, Dr. Russell [sic] Wallace's[?],
I was deeply impressed by an article in the Star, giving your views of the past, present =+ & future, like yourself I do in my leisusere time a deal of thinking, like my Ffather, who died in 1845 &+ left a lot of Fforecasts --,- Tthe last one, was of a Dinner of Members of the Legal Profession when my Ffather who was called Bob Orridge, said in his remarks that Harnding, [sic] Giffllard,3 , would rise to the highest point that a member of the Proffession [sic] could reach namely Lord Chancellor, & when he reached that position, the Daily Mail had a Coloumn [sic] Article headed, A Prophecy come true after 50 years, Today Lord Halsbury was the Harnding,[?] Giffard, [1 word illeg.], of TLichborne4[?] fame,[sic]5[1 word illeg.].
I am enclosing 2 schemes of books Workers Homes &+ Peansions[?], that would would [sic] eradicate, Paupers &+ Unions &+ be a gain to the country instead of a loss,.
Also a booklet of a few of my inventions,
I have just Ppatented a Ccoal burning Ssmokeless Sstove, for full particulars kindly read enclosed Booklet[.] I should be please to have your views on them, wishing you may live many years, in peace &+ comfort,.
Yours faithfully | C.E. Orridge [signature]
We are sir, | Jan Oled[?] Seub[?] [signature] | New & Co [signature]
1. Annotated "Ans." in ink above the salutation
2. Annotation "[WP1/8/91]", including square brackets, in pencil to the left of the address.
3. Giffard, Hardinge Stanley (1823-1921). 1st Earl of Halsbury. British barrister, politician and government minister. He served thrice as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
4. Hardinge Giffard was a defending counsel in the Tichborne case, a cause célèbre of the mid-nineteenth century concerning the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
5. The sentence ends with the word "fame" followed by a comma and then a new paragraph beginning "I am enclosing" .The writer has used what appear to be commas in place of full-stops throughout, as well as inserting commas in unusual positions . e.g. "Dear, Dr Russell..." "Harding, Giffard".
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