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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
E. Macdonald
24 December 1911

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne to E. Macdonald [none given] on 24 December 1911.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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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LETTER (WCP1565.1344)

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP2/6/3/2/7
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Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



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 [[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. [[3]] 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. [[4]] The book was a collection of Essays by Chesterton but I forget the title. E[1 word illeg.]. 3


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