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NHM-WP03.010 Notebook: 1865--1889 Notebook opened at each end, containing details of seances, a list of converts to Spiritualism, poetry, statistics on exports, a study of his children from birth, and lists of plants species. It was used by Alfred Russel Wallace from c. 1865 to c. 1889
NHM-WP01.003.057 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Sims Thomas, Mitten William 1867.02.27 Letter from Richard Spruce to Mrs Sims (Frances Wallace) from Hurstpierpoint, 27 Feb 1867 re the return of some of his diplomas found by her; A. R. Wallace's stereoscope; spiritualism; health. Place: Hurstpierpoint West Sussex England Notes: Letter no in contents list: 55
NHM-WP01.003.058 Correspondence: Spruce Richard, Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Annie née Mitten, Mitten William, Hanbury Daniel 1867.04.26 Letter from Richard Spruce to A. R. Wallace, from Hurstpierpoint, 26 Apr 1867 re spiritualism; A. R. Wallace's memoir on Malay migration; inherited deafness in cats; Paris Exposition. Place: England Hurstpierpoint West Sussex Paris France Notes: Letter no in contents list: 56
NHM-WP01.008.130 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel 1870--1913 Letter from E (Charles?) Williams to Mr Wallace (A. R. Wallace?) from (Queens?), on paper headed High Bank, Addiscombe, Croydon, Friday (no month or year), re proposed visit to Wallace on Sunday afternoon. Place: Croydon Surrey England Notes: Mr Williams, spiritualist Medium? See Raby p. 190 - but no dates. Post 1870?s. The letter was folded around 3 photos of a house and grounds labelled "W.J. Stillman" (see separate record WP17/12) but no mention is made of them in the letter.
NHM-WP01.008 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel 1870--1913 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1870-1913 A-Z: 136 Letters, telegrams and postcards to A. R. Wallace and a few by him, to and from miscellaneous correspondents 1870-1913, some with enclosures including one photograph. The letters are arranged alphabetically by author in the case of letters to A. R. Wallace and by correspondent within the same series in the case of letters from him. The bulk of the letters is dated 1911-1913 congratulating A. R. Wallace on reaching or approaching his 90th birthday and/or reacting to an interview with him in the newspapers at the time or criticising of his latest books; other topics include the award of his Order of Merit, poverty and unemployment, and some scientific subjects. The file includes letters from scientists, scientific societies, spiritualist societies, corporate bodies, members of the public and family friends. Notes: The bulk of the letters were in a taped cardboard book folder annotated in WGW's hand "Not wanted" (old ref WP1/18); 23 letters from a brown cardboard box in the form of a book, titled "Letters" on spine, first listed as item WP2/1 (former item title Correspondence 1849-1913); approximately 25 letters in a box file of unrelated material (old ref WP3/39) from original box 3 (as numbered in the rough box list supplied when listing began) and a few from box 4, have been incorporated.
S149 Book contribution: Wallace, A. R. 1871. [Questions and remarks]. In: Report on spiritualism, of the Committee of the London Dialectical Society, together with the evidence, oral and written, and a selection from the correspondence. London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, pp. 183, 210. Text Image PDF
NHM-WP13.001.011 Correspondence: Carpenter William, Wallace Alfred Russel, Hampden John 1871 Letter paper printed with the address Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, with "Spiritualism | Wallace v. Carpenter | Hampden's & Flat-Earth Experiments - I &c. &c. " written on the first page in A. R. Wallace's? hand in ink. Place: Dorset Norfolk England Notes: This was found loose among unrelated papers in WP1 and has been inserted here - it is presumably a file title page for the item.
NHM-WP01.008.012 Correspondence: Bancks Gerard W, Wallace Alfred Russel 1874.[04.00] Letter from Rev Gerard W Bancks to A. R. Wallace, from Hartley Rectory, near Longfield, Kent, (Apr?) no year or month date, asking A. R. Wallace to accept enclosed pamphlets; Bancks a great admirer of A. R. Wallace's work on spiritualism ("On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism", 1874?) . Place: Kent England
NHM-WP01.008.048 Correspondence: Fisher Arabella Burton (née Buckley), Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Herbert Spencer, Wallace Herbert Edward, Guppy Mrs 1874.04.25 Letter from Arabella Buckley to A. R. Wallace, from 1 St Mary's Terrace (Paddington, London), 25 Apr 1874, on mourning paper, offering condolences on the death of his son Bertie (Herbert Spencer Wallace) and re possible Spiritualist contact with Bertie through her, her sister or the medium Mrs Guppy; enclosing a transcription in an other hand, signed "Janie", of an alleged conversation held on April 25 and 26, with spirits, about Bertie; including the claim that he was now in the care of his Uncle Herbert. Annotated in pencil (in A. R. Wallace's hand?) "A B Buckley (Fisher)". Place: London
NHM-WP07.046 Note: 1877.07.00--1877.12.00 Folder titled in A. R. Wallace's hand "Wallace v Carpenter | Spiritualism & Scepticism" and above this in an unknown hand "Quarterly Journal of Sciences July 1877"; containing, sewn in, corrected printed proof pages of two articles by A. R. Wallace and a printed copy of an article by W B Carpenter with marginal annotations in A. R. Wallace's hand, as follows: 1. Notices of Books, pp. 391-416 from ["Quarterly Journal of Science"?] Jul 1877, a review by A. R. Wallace of "Mesmerism, Spiritualism &c…" by William B Carpenter (London 1887). 2. "Psychological Curiosities of Spiritualism" by W B Carpenter, from "Fraser's Magazine", Nov 1877, pp.  -564 3. "Psychological Curiosities of Scepticism | A reply to Dr. Carpenter" by A. R. Wallace, apparently from "Fraser's Magazine", Dec 1877, pp 694-706.
NHM-WP07.045 Printed: 1877.07.00 Review by A. R. Wallace of "Mesmerism, Spiritualism &c., Historically and Scientifically Considered" by William B Carpenter (London, 1877) in "Notices of Books" from the "Quarterly Journal of Science" July, 1877. Reprint or proof pp. -26 in yellow paper cover labelled on the front cover in ink in A. R. Wallace's hand "Carpenter's Mesmerism | by A.R. Wallace" and annotated on the front cover in pencil in A. R. Wallace's hand "p. 2 Surgical operations! | (9?) (Academe?) Report on Mesmerism | 10. Tests of Alexis"; markings in pencil in text and margins.
NHM-WP07.047 Printed: 1877.11.00 "Carpenterian Criticism being a reply to an article by Dr W.B. Carpenter in 'Fraser's Magazine' November 1877 entitled 'Psychological Curiosities of Spiritualism'. By 'M..A. (OXON.)"' Reprint from "Human Nature" Dec 1877, pp -23, annotated on cover "A R Wallace esq. with the Writer's compts" and in A. R. Wallace's hand in pencil "p.11 - Serjeant Cox's Handcuff test!" SEE OLD REF WP3/46.
S345a Book contribution: Wallace, A. R. 1881. Letter [to Mrs. T. L. Nichols, dated 16 July 1881]. In: Nichols, T.L. 1881. A memorial to the Home Secretary in behalf of Mrs. Susan Willis Fletcher, a spritualist, unjustly condemned to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour: with important testimony excluded upon the trial, and proofs of perjuries committed by the prosecutrix. London: Printed for private circulation, pp. 44-45. Text
NHM-WP02.004.001 Note: 1882.06.13 A. R. Wallace's certificate of Honorary Membership of the Central Association of Spiritualists, 13 Jun 1882, signed E Dawson Rogers, President, and Thomas (Elliot?) Secretary.
S356a Periodical contribution: Wallace, A. R. et al. 1882. The conduct of public physical seances. Light 2 (98): 98-99.
NHM-WP01.005.003 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Violet Isabel, Browne A G, Marshall J W, Nichols ?, Gray Asa, 1886.11.02 Letter from A. R. Wallace to his daughter Violet from The Quincy hotel, Boston, 2 Nov 1886 re his first public lecture, rehearsals at Loughton and Farncombe useful, cut sections following advice of Mr Marshall, enclosing a newspaper and press cuttings (not present), report on lecture brief because today is election day; tour along Hudson and to West Point Military college with Mr Browne, spectacular scenery including basalt cliffs "The Palisades" along the river (with ink sketch of cliffs with a sailing boat on the river below); colourful autumn foliage; details of hotel food including "shaker apple-sauce"; tram cars in Boston; meeting with Spiritualist doctor Nichols, invited to visit; plans to visit botanist Asa Gray at Cambridge tomorrow; discovery of a chess club and plans to play. Place: Boston Massachusetts USA
NHM-WP01.005.004 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Annie née Mitten, Noa Jessie Mrs, Mirlees ?, Holmes ?, Woodbury ?, Williams Mr, Wood ? 1886.11.14 Letter from A. R. Wallace to his wife Annie, from Boston, 14 Nov 1886 re lack of news from her; weather; good audiences at the four lectures so far given; portrait artist Mrs Noa; unexpected meeting with Mr and Mrs Mirlees visiting the site of their son's death with their daughter; Dr Holmes the "one-kon-shay" man at dinner; meeting arranged with a lady spiritualist; any news of letting of house at Godlaming; requests Annie to send photos of ruined temples of Java given to A. R. Wallace by Mr Woodbury, wants to compare with models and photos of similarly decorated Mexican temples at Cambridge (Massachusetts) museum; American museums the finest in the world; plans to go to Baltimore and Washington with a return to Boston in between; opinion of A. R. Wallace's agent Mr Williams of earlier lecturer Mr Wood and his possible effect on A. R. Wallace's potential audience; Harvard College celebration. Place: USA Java Mexico
NHM-WP01.005.016 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Annie née Mitten, Hampden John, Allen Charles Grant Blairfindie, Allen J A 1887.01.29 Letter from A. R. Wallace to his wife Annie from Washington DC, 29 Jan 1887, re her letter about snow in England and damage to garden; Hampden (John Hampden of the Flat Earth Society) not a threat as few American papers would print anything by him; flattery becoming "quite painful", quotes remarks by dinner host, Mr Nordhoff, Washington representative of "New York Herald", describes dinner in detail including settings (guests names in gold on rose leaves), dining etiquette; J A Allen, father of Grant Allen staying nearby with his family; magnificence of Washington, street layout and houses; details of city's tram system; approval of American methods of warming houses and trains; superiority of American railway system; details of hotel room including heater and gas lamp; amazing experiences of spiritualist General Lippitt, materialisations and slate-writing; seances attended; visit to millionaire spiritualist Senator Stanford and his wife, Stanford to spend 20 million dollars to found a university in memory of his son; sending press cuttings on weather and on Garibaldi; no lectures recently but two arranged in Canada in March; has sent an article to Harris and written reviews for some American papers. Stamped envelope addressed to her at Frith Hill, Godalming and postmarked on the front Washington 29 Jan 1887and on the back New York 30 Jan 1887 and Godalming 11 Feb 1887. Place: Washington DC USA
NHM-WP01.005.017 Correspondence: Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Violet Isabel, Hooker Isabella Beecher, Stowe Harriet Beecher 1887.02.12 Letter from A. R. Wallace to his daughter Violet from Washington DC, 12 Feb 1887, enclosing press cuttings (not present) apparently reporting a social occasion hosted by spiritualist Mrs Hooker, sister of Henry Ward Beecher and Mrs Beecher Stowe, at which A. R. Wallace was introduced to about 50 people; lectures to local Anthropological societies; lack of paying lectures, if none booked in California will not be able to afford to go there as fare is £50; only two forthcoming engagements in Canada; spending time visiting Museums and libraries and writing for American newspapers and for Harris; expense of hotel; changeable weather; detailed description of the "most beautiful" Capitol building and comparison with British House of Commons; instructions to send letters via agent Williams; hopes Violet is reading and studying well. Stamped envelope addressed to Miss Wallace at Frith Hill, Godalming and postmarked on the front Washington 14 Feb 1887and on the back New York? (date illegible) 1887 and Godalming 25 Feb 1887. Place: Washington DC USA Notes: Some names and passages including the comparison of the Capitol with the H of C, are underlined or marked in red pencil, possibly by J Marchant.