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Record number: WCP562

Sent by:
C. E. Orridge
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
8 January 1913

Sent by C. E. Orridge, The Drug Exchange, Farncombe, Surrey to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 8 January 1913.

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


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).

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LETTER (WCP562.562)

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Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/91
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the C. E. Orridge Literary Estate.

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Jan 8, 1913

Drug Exchange2


, Surrey,

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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