Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 9 June 1889.
Re: New house at Parkstone, Dorset; marking examination papers; packing fossils and birds eggs; spiritualism.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
part of text destroyed
The second folio of the letter has been torn in half, so the lower half of the text on pages 3 and 4 is missing. It is unknown whether the letter concluded on page 4.
Transcriber: Vongsachang, Hurnan
Transcription date: July 8, 2010
Scrutiny: 08/07/2011 - Chen, Eric; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
June 9th 1889
My dear Willie
We shall be glad to see you on Friday next. I send you 2/6. If you walk over you can save it for other purposes. As soon as I get the letter I will write to the Doctor. Last Tuesday I went to Parkstone to meet the landlord & see the alterations in the house. He is doing it very nicely & I think it will be a very snug little place with enough garden for us & very pretty country near. It is not only a tiled roof but it is one of the prettiest & best built little houses [] I ever saw. I do not think there is one in Godalming so pretty. Your letter about the medium was very interesting. Just the same time Mr. Sharpe found out a boy at Charterhouse who is a spiritualist & takes in "Light". He is a grandson of the Duke of Argyll. Have just this morning finished my last Ex.m [examination] papers. We have had a few good answers but not many. You will see them when you come. We shall move, probably, the end of []1 next week. I have emptied the old cabinet, packed all the flints & good fossils in a small box, & all your birds’ Eggs[?] carefully in small boxes [MS illeg.] & wool[?] & these in [part of MS missing] []2 look nice & comfortable.
Ma is pretty well. Violet is not coming home again till the holidays as she had her [illeg.]eat at Burrell’s party, & has to [remainder of MS missing]
1. Page 3 is damaged and the text is transcribed from the surviving fragment.
2. Page 4 is damaged and the text is transcribed from the surviving fragment, there is no signature.
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