Sent by Maurice G. Wells, "Hazelwood" Leigh on Sea, Essex to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset] on 6 January 1913.
Letter from a schoolboy congratulating Wallace on reaching his 90th birthday and asking for his autograph.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Truong, Michael
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
6. 1. ‘13.
I must, first of all, ask you to excuse me troubling you and then I must offer you my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of your birthday.
I am a schoolboy who is an enthusiastic collector of the signatures of great & famous men & women & who would be very pleased and greatly honored if you would be kind enough to favour him with your autograph. I could assure you that it would be placed in good company for my collection only numbering 115, contains most of the greatest people of the day.
It is not everybody who can appreciate autographs but I am glad to say I can and so it will be a great disappointment if you don’t see your way to greatly enhance the value of my [] collection by allowing me to add your signature to it. But I don’t think you will disappoint me and I sincerely hope not - please don’t!
I am apologizing for worrying you.
I am | Yours truly | Maurice Wells [signature]
Dr. A. Russel Wallace
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