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A local lecture and Wallace's radical social views

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                                 Parkstone, Dorset.
                                        Octr. 8th. 1893

My dear Violet,

I am sure I wrote you in reply to yours to me, & I only wanted to know how you got on, because, after the mere announcement that you had 17 kids this time, your next letter ignored them altogether, & we knew nothing of how you got on with them or what help you had &c. &c. &c! Now we are a little more posted up, but still you do not say if you have an assistant from the School, which I understand you were to have.

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Let us know what Hughes says "Infants Mistress" comes here.

As to dollars, one equals 4s./2 =50 pence. Therefore 1.80 = 90d = 7s./6dpage 2]A simple sum for your cleverest pupils! In a few days I will send you a bag of potting stuff for the ferns, but at present everything is soaking and I have just got some bulbs which require my attention.     

After a great deal of asking from Mr. Kelly I gave my lecture on "The Colours of Animals" to the Parkstone Institute on Thursday. They had a pretty fair lecture& it all went off very well. The Vicar preached a little at starting of course. On Wednesday we went to Canon Usherwood's to tea & your friend Miss King was there. I should not think you need be much afraid of her. Yesterday we had a lot to tea & she came with Mrs. Usherwood, the Pocock girls, & Mrs Brindley & one of the Miss B's.   

The Miss Horns have moved to a smaller new house up the same road, & that is I think all the Parkstone news. The green pods are as green &as milky as ever. I cut one open & it was just the same as the one you had, & I have cut one off & laid it to dry. Perhaps it may ripen that way. There are a few left on which shall hang till 'Xmas when perhaps they may be ripe. The "Nineteenth Century" has not printed my Sunday article yet! I think I must stir up the Editor as he may have forgotten it. I should like to write about the Coal-strike & other things of that sort, but I am too radical for the big fashionable Reviews, &they won't have such things. I am just finishing two big articles on the Glacial Lake question which I think I have settled!        
           Your affectionate Pa
[signed]       Alfred R. Wallace



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