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Record number: WCP604

Sent by:
F. H. Wiltshire
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
24 September 1911

Sent by F. H. Wiltshire, Stamford Hill, London to Alfred Russel Wallace Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset on 24 September 1911.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. death of his friend Ellis? to whom Alfred Russel Wallace had given a copy of his autobiography "My Life" two years earlier; the sale of the book enabled the widow to pay for medical treatment for herself; Wiltshire and his son now reading it with admiration for Alfred Russel Wallace's views on socialism, vaccination etc.

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LETTER (WCP604.604)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/133
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the F. H. Wiltshire Literary Estate.

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Sept[embe]r 24th 1911

Dr. A. R. Wallace

Old Orchard



D[ea]r. Sir,

Nearly two years ago you very kindly provided a copy of your "Life" to a poor Socialist friend of mine, named "Ellis" of Lower Clapton, who has since died of bronchitis.

It may be of some interest to you to know that the sale of your present to him enabled [[2]] his widow to buy for a course of massage for a broken hip, and now that it has come into my hands, it is being read with great interest by my son [one word illegible], who I trust will copy your example in one small measure.

I have teachers[?] in a poor council school in the constituency of the "unspeakable Bottomley" and daily dole out such doses of Socialism as I have, to these future citizens. May I say that your books have helped much to broaden my outlook on life, and to increase my sympathies with those herded[?] masses of our big cities.

For all these benefits, anti-vaccination, nationalization of land, as well as great work as a naturalist, I beg[?] to thank you, but shall not trouble you to reply.

I am Sir | Your obliged & obedient servant | F.H. Wiltshire [signature]

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