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Record number: WCP1325

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William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
7 March 1904

Sent by William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace, West Didsbury, Manchester to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 7 March 1904.

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NHM WP1/3/140
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61 Clyde R[oa]d

West Didsbury


March 7th 1904

My dear Pa

Thanks for yours of 3rd & for Mr Dressers letter.

I have heard from Sleigh & if I do not hear again in a fortnight I am to tug him up.

In the meantime he is digging up his genealogical tree.

He says his uncle -- John S. born about 1820 dies 1897 wrote something on the subject & [[2]] traced his descent from a knight who came over with the conqueror, but of course this would not help us as we only come in late on the female side.

I am very glad to hear that Mr Sims has kept hose old papers I hop you get hold of them all.

I will write Sleigh again in a day or two & get more details.

My early recollections are of a vague nature & as nothing startling happened to me during my early years I cannot fix the dates I can however remember a [[3]] number of trivial incidents which happened at Grays -- such as Violet & me playing on a plant on trestles behind the house near the hedge between us & Redferns (?) & eating stolen carrots. I've called the plank 'the high board' & it seemed about 8 f[oo]t high to me.

I can also remember the library table being let down out of an upper window.

Ma sometimes took us to Gravesend & at the landing there was a covered passage with round glass windows in which I saw a resemblance to certain mother-of-pearl button which I wore on a velvet suit.

We used also to see fires glowing across the Thames & were [[4]] informed they were the [1 word illeg.] works.

You used to bring us back jumping frogs from London which evidently made a great impression on me.

I have a recollection of a hound bovine beast of some description running at me between the Dell & the railway crossing -- I had on red petticoats or paints, but there was a feud between us & I was not alone, but I was much frightened though probably it was nothing very fearful in reality.

I can remember Blair Williams who had long curls & a splendid wheelbarrow!

I expect these reminiscences are not of much use to you & may not be accurate.

Tell Ma ?I will write soon but nothing has happened to base a letter upon lately.

Has Violet come back yet?

Your affectionate son | W. G. Wallace [signature]

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