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Record number: WCP626

Sent by:
Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
16 December 1913

Sent by Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, Boulder, Colorado, USA to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 16 December 1913.

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


Re. Alfred Russel Wallace's death, mentioning enclosure of uncorrected proof of article for "science." See "Recollections of Dr A. R. Wallace" and envelope of same date.

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LETTER (WCP626.626)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP16/1/7
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell Literary Estate.

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Dec.[ember] 16. 1913.

My dear Mr. Wallace,

My wife and I appreciate more than we can say your letter giving the details about your fathers last days, and along the various things proposed to be done. I am indeed glad to hear of the proposed book, and of the painting, statue &c. Under the circumstances it will doubtless be better for me not to write the article I had thought of for the Popular Science Monthly-- but it occurs to me that possibly when the book is out, I can write an article reviewing it, and can then borrow from the publishers a few of the illustrations. That will really be the better cause, from every point of view.

I enclose a duplicate proof (not corrected) of the article I sent to "Science". I suppose it will be out before this reaches you, & as soon as I get my separates, I will of course mail you some.

I hope the statue will be better than that of Huxley. Col. Bingham, who was a close friend of the Huxleys, told me that when he first saw it, he stood before it in amazement, and said out loud, "Why, it looks as if he never had a kind thought n his life!" Someone who had some up quietly, and was standing just behind him, said, "I quite agree with you, Col. Bingham!" He turned, and there was Mrs. Huxley!

I will shortly send you copies of a number of Dr. Wallaces letters. It is difficult for me to tell just which you will want to use, so I will send nearly everything that is at all likely to be of interest. Although I quoted freely from the letters in the enclosed article, I did not nearly exhaust the good things in them.

With very warm regards, in which my wife joins to Mrs. Wallace, Miss. Wallace, and yourself.

Yours ever sinc[ere]ly | Theo. D. A. Cockerell [signature]

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