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Record number: WCP19

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
22 December 1892

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 22 December 1892.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
24/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Writes about the arrival of William's medal and certificate [possibly from the Society of Electrical Engineers], sending them on to him to show people at Hurst, letter from William's Portsmouth friend will be sent on also; Alfred Russel Wallace's preference for the head of Galvani or some other electrical scientist rather than the Prince of Wales on the medal; William's progress at work; Miss McDonald arriving for Christmas; sister Violet's career prospects; William's return to Charlton; King & Co's [Scufi] Album [stamp album] not yet out.

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/19
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
24/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

Dec[ember]. 22nd. 1892

My dear Will

Your Medal & Certificate came yesterday. I send it you today in order that you can take it to Hurst to show them. I acknowledged the receipt of it as asked by the Secretary. The medal is handsome as the reverse side, -- I wish they had had a head of Galvani, Franklin, Faraday, or some other Electrical discoverer, instead of that very commonplace phig1 of the P[rince].of W[ales]. But that is the "City" toadyism. [[2]] The weather is dreadfully dull -- not a days sunshine the last fortnight. Consequently no news. Miss Macdonald has come to spend Xmas with us. We are glad to hear they are letting you learn something and do something at the works, & hope you will soon have some considerable job to look after. Let us know when you return to Charlton. [[3]] I wrote to King & Co. and they only say the new Senfi Album is not out yet, -- but do not say when -- so it may be a month or two longer.

There seems no prospect of Violet getting any engagement after Xmas, at present, but she has plenty to do at present.

I send Certificate (in roll) at same time & also enclose a letter from your Portsmouth friend.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]


1. Presumably physiognomy, i.e., face.

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