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NHM-WP12 Printed: --1914 Reprints, press cuttings, and ms copies of short works by author's other than A R Wallace, given to or apparently collected by him, including poems, scientific papers and letters to the editor, on a variety of subjects including botany, geology, politics and religion; many with annotations in his hand; and related papers including correspondence. Notes: Attempts to sort the papers by either date or author were frustrated by lack of one or the other or both. Most authors and likely dates have been found and added after listing, so the list is in no particular order.
NHM-WP12.001 Printed:  "What constitutes a State", poem, copy in A. R. Wallace's hand of verses apparently from "Ode in Imitation of Alceus" by Sir William Jones (1746-1794) - original c. 1790s?. Notes: Title found from quotations, various websites, but date not found.
NHM-WP18 Note: -- Miscellanea -
NHM-WP18.001 Note: 1810.03.23 Lock of hair wrapped in paper and enclosed in an envelope. The wrapping paper has in an unknown hand "William G Wallace's Hair when he was 14 months old. March 1810 23d". The envelope is labelled in a second unknown hand "Hair of William Greenell Wallace (brother of A R Wallace) March 1810." Notes: Formerly in Wallace Family Correspondence c. 1835-1893 Not listed in contents. The hand on the envelope appears to be the same as that in the contents list and is apparently not that of Mr or Mrs Richard Wallace. WGW? The wrapping paper appears to be very old (1810?), the envelope is much more recent (20th century?). Various sources give the name of A. R. Wallace's brother William as William GEORGE and his SON as William Greenell. If the date is correct the hair must be his brother's, not his son's, but if so the middle name is incorrect. PJL 9/1/03
NHM-WP01 Note: 1835--1913 Correspondence
NHM-WP01.003.003 Correspondence: Greenell John, Wallace Mary Anne, Wilson Thomas, Sims Frances née Wallace, Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Herbert Edward, Draper Mr, Webster Mr 1835.07.05 Letter to Thomas Wilson from M A Wallace, from Hertford, 5 Jul 1835, asking how she should act to claim from him, as their Grandfather's executor, money due to her children, given his financial difficulties; particularly payment due for William's board and apothecary's bill, and Fanny's legacy. Place: England (Hertford, Hertfordshire) Notes: No in contents list: 1. Annotated in another hand, possibly A. R. Wallace's, in ink: "From Mrs Wallace to Mr Wilson, about legacies &c from Mr Greenell ... also about John ... board to pay."
NHM-WP01.003.004 Correspondence: Wallace Mary Anne, Draper Miss, Greenell John, Wilson Thomas, Wilson? Martha 1835.08.12 Letter from Mary Anne Wallace (signed with illegible initials) to Miss Draper, from Hertford, 12 Aug 1835, re Mr Wilson's financial difficulties, consequent loss of legacies owed to the Wallace children, and opinion that Miss Draper's father, as the co-executor of John Greenell's will, may be liable to pay them; stoppage of interest payments, pressing debts; asking Miss Draper to intercede, her father being ill. Place: England Hertford Hertfordshire Notes: No in contents list: 2. Annotated in ink possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand "Letter from Mrs. Wallace to Miss Draper (August 1835) about Mr Wilson's bankruptcy & Mr Draper's joint Executorship under Mr John Greenell's Will". The ink annotations are over and mostly obscuring earlier pencilled annotations with apparently similar text which includes question marks.
NHM-WP06.008 Note: [1837--1914] Papers re autobiography My Life: Papers re the creation and publication of Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1905,"My Life; A Record of Events and Opinions". 2 volumes. Chapman & Hall, Ltd., London, Oct. 1905, including correspondence, proof text and illustrations, original photographs and sketches, and reviews. See press cuttings, WP14, for further reviews.
NHM-WP06.008.017 Photo: -- Photo, small sepia, of portrait sketch Herbert Edward Wallace aged about 8, (c. 1837) showing him to the waist wearing wide sleeves and a broad-brimmed hat; reproduced in ""My Life" vol. 1, facing p. 289, attributed Miss Townsend. Notes: In small envelope labelled in an unknown hand "Dr Wallace", with WP6/8/9 and 10. See also WP6/8/24. Dates based on likely date of original sketch and photograph for publication of autobiography.
NHM-WP06.008.008. Photo: 1840--1905 Small envelope labelled in an unknown hand "Dr Wallace", containing this print when listed and two others also reproduced in "My Life" (old refs WP3/ 57 and 58).
NHM-WP02.001 Photo: [1840--1940] Portraits and Images: Nine photographs: portraits of A. R. Wallace and members of the Wallace family and friends including his mother Mary Anne Wallace née Greenell, his sister Fanny (Frances: Mrs Thomas Sims), his wife Annie Wallace née Mitten and Frederick Geach (mining engineer in Timor c. 1861); 6 of the photos are of or include A. R. Wallace. Photos are arranged by subject beginning with the oldest member of the family, then by date. Other portrait photos and sketches are in WP6/8, papers re A. R. Wallace's autobiography "My Life", where they are marked up for publication; there is a photograph almost certainly of A. R. Wallace's father-in-law William Mitten in WP15, Mitten papers; portraits of A. R. Wallace are included in numerous press cuttings in WP2/2, interviews and biographical print pre November 1913. A few photos of other individuals occur in WP1, Correspondence. Notes: All photos with old ref WP 2/51 were in a small brown envelope labelled in WGW's hand "Photos of A. R. Wallace" and in Mrs R Wallace's hand c 2000 "Also Violet and William (his children)" - personal information from Mr & Mrs R Wallace 12.6.03. None of the photos apparently included the children when listing began; a small press cutting 1915 re memorial plaque to A. R. Wallace and other scientists in Westminster Abbey which was present has been placed with NS/1 WP2/3, A. R. Wallace obits and memoirs; envelope destroyed 16/6/03. Photos of Annie, Violet and A. R. Wallace were among Mitten and unrelated papers (old ref WP1/14) and one photo of A. R. Wallace among proof illustrations for books, old ref WP2/17/2.
NHM-WP02.001.001 Photo:  Portrait photo apparently of Mary Anne Greenell/Wallace , undated, c 1840? of an elderly woman in bonnet and shawl, annotated on the back in pencil in an unknown hand "Mrs Thomas Vere Wallace (Mary Ann)" [sic]; black and white; apparently photographed from an album. Notes: Her second name is spelled "Anne" in A. R. Wallace's "My Life", 1905.
NHM-WP06.008.008. Photo: 1840--1905 Photo, small sepia, of an 1840 sketch by William G Wallace of village buildings, reproduced in My Life", London 1905, vol. 1, facing p. 150, captioned "Llanbister, Radnorshire").
NHM-WP06.008.009 Photo: 1840--1905 Photo, small sepia, of a sketch by William G Wallace of a small church in a landscape (near Llanbister in 1840; reproduced in Wallace, Alfred Russel, "My Life", London 1905, vol. 1, facing p. 150, captioned "A Lonely Chapel"). Notes: Reproduced in Wallace, Alfred Russel, "My Life" (London 1905) vol. 1, facing p. 150.
NHM-WP01.003.006 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace John, Wallace William G, Hill Sir Rowland, Wright Samuel, Frost John, 1840.01.11 Letter from A. R. Wallace to his brother John, from Kington, 11 Jan 1840, re the Penny Post, including a poem on the subject; John's membership of the Literary Society; Chartist trials at Monmouth; description of lodgings and Mr and Mrs Wright. Place: England Kington Herefordshire and Worcester Notes: Letter no in contents list: 4
NHM-WP01.003.007 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Frost John, Crutwell Clement Henry 1840.01.12 Letter from A. R. Wallace to George (Silk) from Kington, 12 Jan 1840, with sketch plan in pencil below address, re Hertford Literary Society; Penny Post; countryside around Kington; Chartist trials; Crutwell and other acquaintances in Hertford. Place: England Kington Herefordshire and Worcester Notes: Letter no in contents list: 5. Part of wax seal present. Edges torn and text missing - hole about 6cm x 2 cm near seal. Some text heavily crossed through and unreadable.
NHM-WP01.003.005 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Wright Samuel 1840.01.15 Letter from A R Wallace to George (Silk), from Kington, 15 Jan 1840 asking about closure of library (in Hertford?) and sale of its books, and describing his rail journey to Kington, Kington area, outdoor pleasures of land surveying; Chartists. Place: England Kington Hertfordshire Worcestershire Notes: No in contents list: 3. Annotated in pencil, possibly by A. R. Wallace, "to George Silk".
NHM-WP01.003.008 Correspondence: Wallace Thomas Vere, Sims Frances née Wallace 1841.06. Letter from her father T V Wallace, to Fanny (Frances Wallace) from Hoddesdon, 24? Jun 1841, wishing her a happy birthday. Place: England Hoddesdon Hertfordshire Notes: Letter no in contents list: 6. Seal present. Edge and internal tears. Date may be "21st".
BM-Am1935,1014.11 Miscellaneous: 1842 Comb made of wood, thread, cane. Obtained by A.R. Wallace in the Amazons. Donated by Miss Wallace and W.G. Wallace in 1935. Register information: 'These objects were collected by Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M., the donor's father …in 1859".
BM-Am1935,1014.12 Miscellaneous: 1842 Axe made of stone. Obtained by A.R. Wallace in the Amazon. Donated by Miss Wallace and W.G. Wallace in 1935. Register information: 'These objects were collected by Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M., the donor's father …in 1859".
NHM-WP01.003.009 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Herbert Edward [1842.03.16] Letter in the form of a poem, from A. R. Wallace to Herbert Wallace at Mr Perry's Academy, Shenfield, Essex, from Neath?, 16 Mar 1842? describing the countryside of Wales. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 7. 1 large folio, folded, torn, and with a hole in the text where seal is missing. Pencilled annotations apparently in A. R. Wallace's hand throughout. Annotated in pencil near address, possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand "March 16th 1842".
NHM-WP01.003.010 Correspondence: Wallace William G, Sims Frances née Wallace 1844.08.08 Letter from W G (William George?) Wallace to Fanny (Frances Wallace) from Neath, 8 Aug 1844 re his new lodgings and hope for work; asking after friends in Hertford; wishing her a pleasant voyage and advising her to get some creosote for toothache. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 8
NatLibWales-LlGC.NLW-003217356 Figure: 1845 Rees, David and Wallace, A. R. 1845. Map of the parish of Neath in the County of Glamorgan. Shows canal with towpath, waterbodies, woods, building names, chemical works, workhouse, rope walk. Scale 1:6,336. 1 in. = 8 chains. 1 ms. map : col ; 50 x 70 cm. + apportionment schedule (1, 7, 3 leaves). Image
NHM-WP01.003.013 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter 1845.06.26 Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 26 Jun 1845, listing (insect) specimens sent, including some to be identified and a series of Aphodus from the Brecknockshire Beacons; and re collecting trip there, insects and plants collected; plans for an insect cabinet and thorough study of a few (Coleoptera) families. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 11. Annotated in blue pencil in A. R. Wallace's? hand " Journey to Beacons". 2 folios in separate melinex pockets
NHM-WP01.003.014 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Shuckard William Edward, 1845.10.03 Letter from A. R. Wallace to Mr Bates, from Neath, Glamorganshire, 3 Oct 1845 re failure to collect many insects while surveying land in Wales; list of duplicate specimens; purchase of Shuckard's "Coleoptera". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 12
NHM-WP01.003.015 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Kirby William 1845.10.13 Letter from A. R. Wallace to H W Bates, from Neath, 13 Oct 1845 re exchange of insect specimens with list of those recently collected and wanted; difference between Donacia Impressa and D. linearis; design of an insect cabinet; Mr Kirby's cabinet; Ray Society; butterfly Colias hyale. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 13. Accompanying loose note (destroyed) in Sandra Knapp's hand c. 2001/2 : "Model for design of insect cabinet | A. R. Wallace to H W Bates 13th Oct 1845". (Emma Bennett, personal info 19/12/02.)
NHM-WP01.003.016 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Chambers Robert 1845.11.09 Letter from A. R. Wallace to Henry Bates, from Neath, 9 Nov 1845 re arrival of beetles from Bates; design and cost of insect cabinets and storage boxes; "Vestiges of the natural history of Creation". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 14
NHM-WP01.003.017 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Chambers Robert, Lawrence William, Pritchard James C, Humboldt Alexander von Baron 1845.12.28 Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 28 Dec 1845 re insect cabinets and boxes; opinion of "Vestiges of the natural history of Creation", the progressive development of species, Lawrence's lectures on Man, Pritchard's physical history of man, distinction between species and varieties in man, Humboldt's "Cosmos". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 15. 2 folios
S001b Periodical contribution: Wallace, A. R. 1846. Corresponding societies and lecture rooms bill (in favour). In Public Petitions. -Appendix to the Twenty-Ninth Report. Delivered 30th May. Containing petitions presented 22 May 1846' section of Appendix to the reports of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Public Petitions. Session 1846. (House of Commons, London, 1846): 319. Text
NHM-WP03 Note: 1846--1913 Diaries, notebooks and sketchbooks kept by A. R. Wallace and members of his family comprising: address book; diary of a journey in the Lake District; sketchbook; undated notebook in an unknown hand and notebook with entries c. 1846-1913 in A. R. Wallace's hand and that of other members of his family including his brother-in-law Thomas Sims on various topics including lectures and photography. WP3/1 1846-1885? Notebook with notes in several hands WP3/2 1856? Sketch book containing pencil sketches WP3/3 1873?-1913 Address and Note book WP3/4 1893 Notebook with notes re tour of Lake District WP3/5 ND Undated Notebook in an unknown hand beginning "Why is the Sea salt?"
NHM-WP03.001 Notebook: 1846-- Notebook 20 cm x 16 cm, bound in dark brown leather, 86 intact folios including end-papers, some blank, a few pages torn out. Containing notes in several hands c. 1846-1885?: ms notes in ink and pencil by Thomas Sims and possibly another hand on experiments with photographic paper and chemicals, engraving and Daguerrotype. Diagrams and notes in A. R. Wallace's hand on physics, including hydrostatics hydraulics and pneumatics, heat, and optics, c. 1846, some dated, possibly notes for lectures given by A. R. Wallace at what was to become in 1848 the Mechanic's Institute, at Neath Notes in blue ink in Thomas Sims'? hand listing birds, including Humming Birds, received from Stephens in January 1850 A poem titled "The Light of Days to Come" by Herbert Wallace, not in his hand but probably that of Thomas Sims Logarithms, mathematical calculations, geometrical diagrams and notes written from the back of the book towards the front in A. R. Wallace's hand A list of birds with colours of body and iris and some prices, in (Herbert Wallace's hand?). An undated press cutting reporting a soiree at the Royal Geographical Society at which an original map of the Rio Negro by Mr Wallace was exhibited, pasted in. Index to sections : The folio numbers were added to the book in square brackets in pencil on the front of each folio, by me. In the index below I have used "back" rather than "dorse" for the back of a folio. "f. (no:)" implies the front. The writer's own titles or first lines are noted in quotation marks, with dates where given. P J Lucas, April 2003. f. 4: Start of notes probably for Neath Mechanics Institute, in A. R. Wallace's hand, undated, beginning "1. Hydrostatics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics…" f. 13, back: "Pneumatics" f. 14. Back: "Weight of atmosphere" f. 15, back: "Elasticity of air" f. 17, back: "Heat" dated Friday Mar 27 1846 f. 24, back: "Heat" continued, Friday May 1st (1846?) f. 26, back: "Heat" continued, Friday May 8, 1846 f. 27, back: "Heat" continued, Friday May 15 (1846?) f. 30, back: "Heat" continued, Friday may 29, 1846 f. 32: "Heat" continued, Friday June 5th 1846 f. 35: "Optics" f.45 (top of page): Note headed "142 Tocontine - 131 Mexiana - 63 Mexiana" re birds received from Stephens, January 1850. In blue ink, probably Thomas Sims' hand. f. 45 (bottom of page) - f. 48: "W Blanquert Everard's Improvements in Photography", notes on glacial acetic acid and various photographic glazing solutions, in Thomas Sims's hand. f. 48, back, notes on photographic developing techniques? in Thomas Sims' hand, dated "Wednesday Octr 16". f.49-f 52: Notes in Thomas Sims' hand on photographic techniques, including formula for silver iodide paper, recipe for "Electrical and chemical apparatus cement" (f. 50, dated Tuesday May 13th 1851), "Bright electro-silver plating", experiment with gun-cotton (dated London Dec 20th 1852) and "The method of obtaining pictures for the dissolving (sic) views". f. 54: List (of photographs in the style of famous artists?) in Thomas Sims' hand: "Sent to Mr Abrahams Dec 3, (1885?) | 3 Rembrandts | 1 Gerard Dow | 1 Last Supper | 2 Madonna's (sic)". f. 54, back: Notes in Thomas Sims' hand: "Acetic Acid in the Nitrate of Silver Bath Â…. T.S. March 7th 1853" continued "April 18th I began a few experiments with starchÂ…" f. 56: "A list of photographs for dissolving views made for Mr Vignoles" In pencil, possibly Thomas Sims' hand but not typical, a list of 7 subjects including "Masonry" and "Fount[ain] of Peles". f. 56, back: Notes in pencil headed "Facts connected with Fluric (sic) engraving", apparently in a hand other than Thomas Sims'. Not in Fanny Sims' hand (compared with a letter written by her). f. 56, back - f. 61, back: continuation of notes on fluoric acid in ink and pencil, in the same hand as the beginning, with marginal notes possibly in Thomas Sims' hand. f. 62: "Electrical experiments with photographs - Collodion reduced by heat" in ink in two different hands, one (at the bottom) possibly Thomas Sims'. f. 62, back: "Baths if Nitrate of Silver" in pencil in two different hands, as above. f. 63. "The Light of Days to Come" poem [signed] "Herbert Wallace" but not in his hand; apparently in the hand of Thomas Sims'. f. 64-f. 75 are blank. About four folios have been torn out between f. 63 and f. 64. These were not included in the numbering. f. 75, back: Press cutting, upside down relative to top of page, reporting a Soiree at the Royal Geographical Society, undated. (See description field for more detail). f. 85: Notes possibly in A. R. Wallace's older hand or another's (Violet Wallace?) " A good paper on the Honey Bee may be seen in the new series of the Transactions of the Entomological Society of London Vol. II part the fifth. | Rankes History of the Popes translated from the German by Sarah Austin London 184(0?)" f. 86 (white side of end paper) Mathematical calculations, possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand. f.84-f. 78: (upside down and back to front relative to the rest of the book) contain logarithms, mathematical calculations, geometrical diagrams, and three pages of short notes, mostly crossed through, each headed "Geology Coal Measures", in ink and pencil, probably in A. R. Wallace's hand. f. 77 (both sides): a list of birds in an unknown hand (resembling Fanny and Thomas Sims' but not absolutely typical of either) beginning "6 pale blue Taneges [sic: Tanagers?] Iris Olive eats fruits", some with prices, e.g. "4 Galles de [Segea?] eyes brilliant orange 15/- . . . 2 small parrots Iris orange 5/-." Place: Amazon Neath Glamorganshire Wales
NHM-WP01.003.011 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Spry William J, Darwin Charles Robert, Lyell Sir Charles, Humboldt Alexander von Baron, Kirby William, Spence William 1846.04.11 Letter from A. R. Wallace to Mr Bates, at Leicester, from Neath, 11 Apr 1846 re exchanging monthly lists of (insect) captures; plan to keep a journal recording natural history captures with location, time and notes; periodical appearance of insects; meteorology; lists coleoptera taken in March 1846; opinion of the writing of Lyell, Darwin and Humboldt; Kirby and Spencer's entomology; Spry's figures; lack of natural historians and books in Neath. Place: England Neath Glamorganshire Wales Leiceste Notes: Letter no in contents list: 9. The year is given in the list, incorrectly, as 1845.
NHM-WP01.003.012 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Dilwyn Mr, 1846.05.03 Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 3 May 1846, re coleoptera specimens wanted from Bates's list, specimens he has available for exchange; sending a tracing of a map showing Crymlin (Crymlyn) Burrows, geology and plants there; Neath and Swansea valleys including a small ink sketch; plans to collect in Swansea area; Dilwyn's catalogue of Swansea coleoptera; entomological pins and microscopes. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Swansea Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 10. List gives year incorrectly as 1845. 2 folios each in separate melinex pocket.