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To H. W. Bates   3 January 1881

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

Jan. 3d. 1881 (After our 2d Post)

My dear Bates

I am rather alarmed about the Memorial for Wallace.— Mr. Sclater wrote that he had forwarded it to you.— Have you received it & on what day did you forward it to Sir J. Hooker.?1 Pray forgive me troubling you.— I am much disappointed in not having been able to get the M. into Mr Gladstone’s hands some days before meeting of Parliament.—2

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD was circulating a memorial for a civil list pension for Alfred Russel Wallace. CD had sent it to Philip Lutley Sclater; it was then to be forwarded to Bates, Joseph Dalton Hooker, and finally Thomas Henry Huxley (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to P. L. Sclater, 29 December 1880). Sclater’s letter to CD has not been found. For a transcription of a draft of the memorial, see Correspondence vol. 28, Appendix VI.
The memorial was to be presented to the prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone; Parliament was to convene on 6 January 1881 (Journals of the House of Commons. Session 1881).


Alarm over Wallace’s memorial; asks HWB if he has received it and forwarded it to Hooker. Wanted to get it to Gladstone before Parliament met.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Walter Bates
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Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12970,” accessed on 2 March 2024,