Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 14 December 1894.
Re. visit by Mrs Maclachlan and small son Hamish; Miss Macdonald expected; kindergarten books; gardening; completion of article on language; Harris leaving the "Fortnightly", opinion of new editor; Violet should visit orchid nursery John Rowan & Co at Garston near Liverpool; Ma (Annie Wallace) going to Hurst for her mother's (Mrs Mitten) golden wedding celebrations; considering asking Clement Reid to Christmas dinner.
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Transcriber: O'Hanlon, Alice
Transcription date: February 15, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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My dear Violet
Mrs Maclachlan arrived here on Monday with her boy Hamish -- a rather jolly & clever looking kid of 4½ -- We gave them a bed, & on Tuesday she took lodgings at a house on the Upper Road going towards Sandecotes. The rain it raineth every day, here -- and today it has not ceased one minute all day long. Miss Macdonald is expected I believe tomorrow or Monday. It is to be hoped the rain will have all come down before ‘Xmas, so that you have some fresh air then[.]
[] I have put the two Kindergarten books, & a few others of general information, & I have a few new books of interest. I have had so much to do in [the] garden & Greenhouse, & with letters etc. since my eyes got better, that I have only just now been able to try & finish my article on Language etc.
Did I tell you that Harris has given up the Fortnightly, which I am rather sorry for as I am afraid the new Ed[itor] is a mere literary man. My last article which was ready & corrected for the [] October number is not out yet! There is a rumour that Harris has bought the Saturday Review & is going to edit it himself.
There is a very large Nursery -- John Rowan & Co -- at Garston about 4 miles south of Liverpool where they have immense quantities of orchids. You might go there and see them some Saturday when you want a little excursion.
Ma is going to Hurst next Monday, I believe, to her Ma’s golden Wedding feast, & will return I suppose in time for our ‘Xmas feast. The only person I can think of asking is Mr. C.1 Reid, -- but [] I expect he will [one word illeg.] in London before then.
I have really no more news of any kind -- so farewell for the present,
from your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Clement Reid (1853 – 1916), British geologist.
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