Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 22 February 1891.
Re. house alterations; health of Mr Sharpe.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Vongsachang, Hurnan
Transcription date: July 8, 2010
Scrutiny: 08/07/2011 - Chen, Eric; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Feb[ruar]y. 22nd. 1891
My dear Will
At last the stairs are finished but only yesterday, as it took another whole week to finish up all the nosings & mouldings, and fittings where the old stairs were taken away & odd bits of skirting, & the balusters and handrails, till I thought it would never be done.
The whitewasher has been at work & has whitewashed your ceiling & the hall passages & kitchen, -- & Charles has been here again adding the little [] bit of tiling under the new stairs. They have put up part of the frame of the greenhouse, but the painters are away doing some outdoor work this fine weather & so our bath room is not finished staining & varnishing, but the water seems to work all right at least & we have hot water in kitchen bath and lavatory basin.
I have moved the water heater into the Greenhouse, & have laid the pipes in the garden so that they can be emptied in winter. Have now 5 taps in the garden where I can connect the hose. [] The ventilating pipes from the drains are now taken up to the roofs so that I hope we shall be free from swells.
The stairs are a great improvement as the old ones and to give the final touch I have ordered a hundred to be fixed to the wall so that persons can keep their hands on all the way down. That will be put up I expect this week.
Mr. Sharpe is a trifle better but is not out of bed yet.
One more little improvement has been done, the hearth [] in the study has been tiled so that as soon as we shift the furniture etc. I shall get a new fender and show a nice hearth. We went to the factory at Poole & choose the pattern. They have an immense stock of all sorts -- mostly ugly. That exhausts the news this week.
Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
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