Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
My dear Meldola,
It seems only the other day that you started the "Essex"--or, rather, I think the Epping Forest--Field Club, and now you are celebrating its Jubilee of 25 years.
I heartily congratulate you and Mr. Cole on the great success of your work. I look back upon my few rambles with the Club in its early days with great pleasure, while the "fungus forays" were as delightful as they were instructive. I only regret that distance and other occupations have for so many years debarred me from the pleasure of attending your meetings and excursions.
With my very best wishes for the success of the Club and for the prolongation of its life into the remotest conceivable futurity,
Believe me, yours very sincerely,