Letter (WCP6367.7362)



28. Januar 1934.

Dear Mister Wallace2

I revert [sic] to your offer to give me the instructions, which I cannot obtain in "Letters and Reminiscences" by Sir James Marchant3 or in another way.

I. Which are the two works of your father, translated into the Japanese language?

II. The first name of Miss Mitten, your aunt4?

III. I find in very detailed maps of the world many geographical statements with the marking "Wallace". They are

1. Town in New Zealand.

2. Place.. United States of America (Alabama)

3............. (Idaho)

4............. (Kansas)

5............. (Nebraska)

6............. (Virginia)

7............. (New Mexico)

8..... South-East-Australia.

9. "Wallaceburg" — Place in Canada (Ontario)

10. "Wallace-Bank" — sandbank to the east of Further India.

11. "Wallace-Lake" — lake in West-Canada.

12. "Wallace-River" — flows into the Hudson-Bay (East-Canada).

13. "Wallace-Strait" — strait between Jamdena5 [sic] and Larat (Islands near6 of [sic] New Guinea)

(14). "Wallace-Line" — the limit of two zoological regions, [(]I have information of it).

Are that [sic] geographical locations called [sic] after your father?


My work makes very good progress and I hope that I am ready in some weeks, perhaps at Easter. "Letters and Reminiscences" by Marchant is very useful for me.

For your kind advices [sic] I am thanking [sic] you beforehand and I remain with many compliments

Yours faithfully | Eugen Hornung7 [signature]

N.B. I am removed [sic]. My new address:

Eugen Hornung

Karlsruhe am Rhein (Deutschland)

Jolly-Straße 65. III.

The page is numbered [WP16/1/23] [f1 of 2] in pencil in the top RH corner.
Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951) Electrical engineer, second son and third child of ARW.

Marchant, J. (1916) Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences

London, Cassell & Co. 2 vols.

Mitten, Rose Elizabeth (1847-1946); Mitten, Flora (1850-?), Mitten, Bessie Jordan (1854-1936) were the three sisters of Willam Greenell Wallace’s mother, Annie Wallace, née Mitten.
The word "Jamdena" is written above in pencil in a different hand to the author’s. Larat is the northernmost of the Tanimbar Islands, in the Maluku Province of Indonesia. The town of Larat lies opposite the town of Lelingluang on the much larger Yamdena Island, across a narrow strait.
The letters "S[outh]. W[est]." are written above in pencil in a different hand to the author’s.
Hornung, Eugen of Karlsruhe-am-Rhein, Germany. No dates or biographical details found, nor of a biography of ARW by him having been published.

Enclosure (WCP6367.7363)


Wond[erful] Cent[ury]2. Trans[late]d. for Shansi Imp[erial] Univ[ersity] [?]

Pub[lication]. of Soc[iety]. for Diffusion of Christian

Knowl[edge]. S’[hang]hai. √

.. also in Russian. √

Darwinism3Swedish √

French √

Miracles &c.4

World of Life5

Mans [sic] Place in Universe6 German √

(Vita Berlin

Wonderful Cent[ury]. Dutch √ (Amsterdam)

World of Life Spanish


B. Gas & W


The page is numbered [WP16/1/23] [f2 of 2] in pencil in the top RH corner.
Wallace A. R. (1898) The Wonderful Century; Its Successes and Its Failures. London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Wallace, A. R. (1889) Darwinism: an exposition of the theory of natural selection, with some of its applications, London, Macmillan & Co.
Wallace, A. R. (1875) On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism: Three Essays London, James Burns.
Wallace, A. R. (1910) The World of Life: A Manifestation of Creative Power, Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose London, Chapman & Hall.
Wallace, A. R. (1903) Man’s place in the universe: A study of the results of scientific research in relation to the unity or plurality of worlds New York, McClure Phillips & Co.

Please cite as “WCP6367,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 24 June 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP6367