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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
19 February 1894

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 19 February 1894.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. Violet's bank book missing in post; Jennings's death from typhoid fever; visit by Grandpa and Rose (William Mitten and his daughter); letter re (Annie) Besant in "The Woman's Signal"; tea and chess meetings begun; Alfred Russel Wallace writing a "very radical" article for a book.

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LETTER (WCP246.246)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/45
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone Dorset.

Feb[ruar]y 19th 1894

My dear Violet1

Your bank book has not come. The P. O. people say you must write to the Secretary, General Post Office about it. You must say what day you sent it up, from where -- what name & address was in it -- if you sent it in the Official Envelope &c.. If you send me all these particulars I will write. The gales here have [[2]] been pretty strong but not equal to the last.

No particular news, but that young Mr. Jennings of the Pottery has died of Typhoid fever, last week.

Grandpa2 came with Rose3 on Wednesday & returned on Saturday.

If you see anywhere "]The Womans Signal" Lady Henry Somersets new Paper you will see a letter of mine in it, written by [[3]] request in answer to Besants4 interview the week before.

To-day we had daffodils brought [to] us from Lytchett[.] The girl said she had been up at 3 oclock to gather them.

We have begun a Tuesday Tea & Chess meeting -- last week was [the] first -- only 3 [people] -- I have bought a new set of men & board for the purpose.

I am writing a very radical article for a composite [[4]] book. Hard frost this morning just as every thing in the garden is growing !

I sent you the "Physiology" last week.

No more news.

In haste, | Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. ARWs daughter Violet (1869-1945).

2. William Mitten (1819-1906), ARWs father-in-law.

3. Rose Mitten, ARWs wifes sister.

4. Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901), a novelist and historian.

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