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Plans for the cover of The Wonderful Century book

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                                     Parkstone, Dorset.
                                         Feb. 22nd. 1898

My dear Violet,

I am glad your London affair is settled. I think you had better give notice at once, and it is not advisable to say anything to offend any of them. I enclose a rough draft which I think is the kind of thing that will be the best.

I am just finishing off the "Century". I had copied out the last verse from Longfellow, which you send me. The others I think I have already got verses for. Mr. Mott has written me two very nice, & I hope will do more -. The chapters I now want mottoes for most are
1.Chemistry, - 2. machinery (Sewing-machine & Type-writer)3. Physiology (cells - antiseptics, anaesthetics.)

We had a heavy snow all last night, it is more than a foot deep & has broken the top off the Eucalyptus tree! If you can find anything that will do for those three subjects please send me at once, as at all events in a week or two, as I can use it in the proofs if better than what I get before.    

Do you know anyone who can suggest a good emblematical design for the cover of "The Wonderful Century"? Something striking yet simple and intelligible. I have not written to Mrs. Fisher about proofs, as Mr. Chant, will read them, & as he has plenty of time & has a very good general knowledge of science I think he can do it best. We shall be able to discuss together any suggestions, which will be an advantage. He found out a stupid misprint in the Vaccination which nobody else noticed.   I enclose Will's last p.[ost]card. about his poor nose!
          Your affectionate Pa

[signed]      Alfred R. Wallace

I sent you the "Vaccination" last week with a letter.



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