Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne to E. Macdonald [none given] on 24 December 1911.
Thanks Miss Macdonald for the gift of a book by G K Chesterton; Alfred Russel Wallace's and Chesterton's appreciation of Charlotte Bronte's ''Jane Eyre''; Christmas greetings.
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Transcriber: Ulguim, Priscilla Ferreira
Transcription date: February 11, 2014
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Dec[ember]: 24th 1911.
My dear Miss Macdonald
Many thanks for your kind present of G. K. Chesterton’s little book which I see, from the "Contents" that I shall read with the greatest pleasure. Taking it up this evening although somewhat tired & not very well, & with a great deal to do, 2 [] I began at the beginning & could not put it down till I had read "Charlotte Brontë". I have since I read "Jane Eyre" the second or third time come to rank her as the first (or almost the first) of the novel-writers of the 19th century: -- & I was delighted to see that Chesterton seems to agree with me, but for such deep & fantastic reasons of his own that I should never have imagined. [] I shall read all the others now with equal interest, as 7 of them are my chief favourites & G.C.K. will probably tell me why?
With best wishes for the festive season | Believe me | Yours very Sincerely & affectionately | Alfred R. Wallace.
P.T.O. [] The book was a collection of Essays by Chesterton but I forget the title. E[1 word illeg.]. 3
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