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Record number: WCP754

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Frederick R. ("Fred") Birch
18 April ?1906

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Frederick R. ("Fred") Birch [none given] on 18 April ?1906.

Record created:
18 March 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP754.926)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-418767
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone Wim<borne>

April 18th [MS burned]

My dear Fred2

I was exceedingly <sorry to> hear, from the letter your sister <sent> me, that your illness had <resulted> in so severe an ulceration of the [MS burned] as to force you to go the Hospital [MS burned] it was with corresponding relief [MS burned] I received yours of March 31st. [MS burned] me that you were progressing <favourably> though slowly. I was also <exceedingly> glad to hear that you were then [MS burned] better Ward & better treated. [MS burned] really scandalous that a British [MS burned] should be in the condition you [MS burned] but that will always be the <case> [MS burned] is no really efficient inspection, [MS burned] head Physician is not a <strong> [MS burned] capable man, and a [MS burned] It is most disgraceful [MS burned] should be [MS burned] and [MS burned] [[2]]3 [MS burned] idea of [MS burned] to the local Newspaper on the [MS burned], as that will do not good, &. [MS burned] even harm. The only way to do [MS burned] good, would be to prepare careful [MS burned] with dates, names &. of what you [MS burned] seen, then ascertain if any of [MS burned] inmates or attendants will confirm [MS burned] statements if called upon officially, [MS burned] <rather> think you will find they would [MS burned] be afraid) but if they will, then [MS burned] for a private interview with the [MS burned], and give him the facts. A complaint> to any "official" connected [MS burned] the Hospital would I fear be useless [MS burned] would take it as a censure of<themselves>. Are there no independent [MS burned] Managers who make regular [MS burned] of the Hospital? I suppose [MS burned] could never be such [MS burned] almost as bad news [MS burned]

[[3]]4 On the whole, unless you are [MS burned] some person with local knowledge [MS burned] bring the facts before the Governor [MS burned] high authority, it will be best to keep [MS burned] To make a successful campaign [MS burned] such abuses would need all the [MS burned] of an influential resident <perhaps> [MS burned] occupying years. [MS illeg.]

I was glad to see a few days [MS burned] that President Castro has retired, [MS burned] there will probably now be a more quiet time, & that as soon as you <are> well you will be able to go to [MS burned] I have also seen an article in [MS burned] stating that he was a very able [MS burned] and had done much for the good [MS burned] and was (very naturally [MS burned] to the exploiting of the country [MS burned] money-grabbers. But [MS burned] the truth is!

I <have> [MS burned] [[4]]5 [MS burned] shall collectors who will buy [MS burned] good. My friend (who told me) lives at [MS burned] & he collects Cypress [MS burned]. So do not lose the opportunity [MS burned] <collecting> some marine shells, when [MS burned] can do nothing else.

[MS burned] Capt[ai]n. or Mrs. Boynton been to [MS burned] you at the Hospital? You did [MS burned] say in your letter. Is Santa [MS burned] an old settlement, & [MS burned] there a regular staff of Officials [MS burned]?

Magistrates & police, custom -- [MS burned] &c. Have you tried again to [MS burned] a Foreign Office Passport? It [MS burned] be very useful everywhere. [MS burned] more now as I have [MS burned] time, & little to say till I [MS burned] you are & when you [MS burned] S.Cat.

[MS burned] <Alfred] R.Wallace> | [signature]


1. This letter was damaged by fire and the right hand side and the bottom of page 1 is missing.

2. Fred Birch

3. The fire damage has destroyed the left hand side and the bottom of the letter on page 2.

4. The fire damage has destroyed the right hand side and the bottom of the letter on page 3.

5. The fire damage has destroyed the left hand side and the bottom of the letter on page 4.

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