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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
1 September 1904

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Broadstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [address not recorded] on 1 September 1904.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Letter from Alfred Russel Wallace to his son William from Broadstone, Wimborne (Dorset), 1 Sep 1904 annotated [in William Greenell Wallace's hand] "Owen"; re. sending William a food parcel; arrival of "Bacon" Atlas (Bacon's World Atlas, c.1900), sent back as not suitable, maps poor quality, asks William to look out for a copy of Bartholomew's Atlas; Grandpa and aunt Rose (William and Rose Mitten) visiting; autobiography of Robert Owen, ?the earliest and greatest Socialist" recommended reading; up to chapter fifteen of his own autobiography; chair ordered delivered to wrong address.

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LETTER (WCP182.182)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/185
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone, Wimborne

Sept. 1st. 1904

My dear Will

We have sent off this evening by Parcel Post our 2 Ducks, a dish of peas, and apples for a pie! the latter very good cookers -- I think first-rate, if well-cooked. They are best cut in quarters & stewed first. & then put in the pie, with lots of sugar or else the pie must be baked very well.

I forgot to tell you in my last that a few days after you left the "Bacon" Atlas came. I opened it and at the very first map I said -- "this wont do" -- looked at a few more [[2]] then packed it up and sent it back as "not suitable". The maps were of different scales. I think from 2 miles to an inch -- to 5 or 6 miles too do[?]. I dare say accurate & full of names &c. but the hills put in very slightly & coarsely, & the whole work more like a lithograph or zincograph than an plate engraving. No contours, no heights except the high mountains. The boundaries of the Hundreds or [one word illegible] coloured, which is quite useless & unmeaning for ordinary purposes -- In fact altogether commonplace maps. [[3]] So if you should meet with Bartholomews Atlas anywhere let me know.

We are quite glad you had the two ducks, as we do not care about them. Your Grandfather & Aunt Rose are here, came yesterday and are quite jolly.

I have been reading Robert Owens Autobiography. If you come across it read it. He was the earliest and greatest of Socialists, and all he says and did is as much wanted now and applies now as well as it did 80 years ago. He was probably the greatest Educator and organiser we have ever had and there is not a Socialist living who would [[4]] not profit by reading his life and his works. Please enquire at any bookseller you pass for a copy of his Autobiography -- 2 vols. I will give up to 10/- for it. He lived some time in Manchester and his works were probably well known there formerly.

I have written 15 chapters of my Autobiography! which takes me up to 21. So if I go on at the same rate there will be ample rooms for a severe reading out.

Chair as not come yet. Sent off by Carrier & lost -- Delivered at wrong house apparently!

Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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