Letter (WCP3648.3551)


Foreign Office

February 24. 1854


I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon2 to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of yesterday’s date, requesting a Passage for yourself and Servant3 in the Mail Packet,4 which leaves Southampton for Singapore in the course of the ensuing Week, and I am to inform you in reply that the Earl of Clarendon has requested the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to cause your wishes to [2] be complied with. —

I am, | Sir | Your most obedient | humble Servant | Wodehouse [signature]

The document was once folded into four and bears a later endorsement in another hand on what would have been part of the outer fold: "1854 | Foreign Office | Rec[eive]d Feb[ruary]. 25th". There are later additions in pencil to this endorsement, presumably made during cataloguing at the Royal Geographical Society, so that it now reads: "1854 Feb[ruary]. 24 | Foreign Office | [to Wallace, | A. R.] | Rec[eive]d Feb[ruary]. 25th". The name and address of the addressee appear at the foot of page 1 in the bottom left-hand corner: "A. R. Wallace Esqre. | 3 Waterloo Place".
Villiers, George William Frederick (1800-1870). Fourth earl of Clarendon; British diplomat and statesman; Foreign Secretary, 1852-1858.
Allen, Charles Martin (1839-1892). ARW's assistant in the Malay Archipelago, the Moluccas and New Guinea.
ARW sailed from Southampton to Alexandria on board Euxine, a steam-ship of the Peninsular and Oriental Company, on 4 March 1854 (Wallace, A. R. 1905. My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions, 2 vols. London, UK: Chapman & Hall, Ltd. [vol. 1, p. 332]; The Hampshire Advertiser. Saturday, 4 March 1854. Southampton Mail Steam Shipping. Peninsular and Oriental Company. Findmypast. < https://search.findmypast.co.uk>).

Please cite as “WCP3648,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 29 February 2024, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP3648