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Record number: WCP21

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
4 May 1893

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 4 May 1893.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Regarding Mr Crooke's behaviour towards William; enclosing a letter from his sister Violet (not present); mentioning Mr Stead and (spirit?) writing.

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/21
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

May 4th. 1893

My dear Will

It is certainly queer about Crookes -- after his letter! -- but I am sure he must have been greatly put out or worried about something, connected probably with the person he was expecting & who came while you were there. Who knows -- ? perhaps some mystery -- some tragedy! -- & it was absolutely necessary to get rid of you at once!! Dont you see? Poor Mr. Crookes couldnt help [[2]] himself. He was obliged to get you out of the way immediately! Look at it in that light -- for the present. He was always cold & reserved, but I never knew him to be rude, & his letter showed that he didnt intend to be, but circumstances were too strong for him!

I hope you may have better luck elsewhere. Keep us posted! No news here except hotter & hotter, & not a drop of rain. [[3]] I send you Violets letter which shows all her doings. I am writing to her also & sending your letter, so you will both know all about it. You might try Mr. Steads plan of sitting down at some given hours & asking her to write through your hand!

Let us know further news in a day or two.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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