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Record number: WCP260

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
31 January 1895

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 31 January 1895.

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


Re. winter weather; (travel) bags for Violet and her brother William; William going to Glasgow on another job; Alfred Russel Wallace's "Evolution" article part-published this month, his article on language due out in three months or more; the Evans's business failing; Violet's final exams and career prospects as a kindergarten teacher; planned chess match, Poole and Parkstone against Bournemouth; sending copy of the "R of R" with interesting articles on "Merry England" and Mr Blatchford; Mrs Maclachlan and Hamish returning to Hindhead; Alfred Russel Wallace's answer to Mr Mott's enigma; death of Dr Fisher.

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LETTER (WCP260.260)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/59
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Jan[uary] 31st 1895

My dear Violet,

It is quite a cold, frosty, and thick snow here as with you, but we manage to keep warm. Ma is sending you your vest. Is there any thing [of] mine to pay on the bag, & is it the 26 inch one, or 24 in[ch] the same as yours. In his last letter Will says that when this job is finished he is to go on to Glasgow on another job, so he will see a lot of Scotland.

My evolution article is half out this month-- my "Language" article [[2]] will not be out then [for] 3 months at least. Mrs. Soans says business is so bad they are obliged to sell their pictures & probably their house too!

The other day Ma felt a strong impression, all day, that she was going to the Cape! So perhaps something is going to turn up for you there, as that is the only thing I can imagine would take us. You had better try hard & pass the final exam, as with that, & 2 ½ years exclusive charge of a K.G. at Liverpool you would have a good chance [[3]] of getting a good K.G. all to yourself.

We are going to have a chess match-Poole & Parkstone against Bournemouth- 6 gentlemen and 2 ladies on each side-probably in 3 weeks or a months time. A new good player has come from London-lives beyond Constitution Hill-& that enables us to make up six. I send you the R. of R. there is a fine article in it on "Merry England" & Mr. [[4]] Blatchford.

We see Mrs. Maclachlan 2, 3 or 4 or 5 times a week. Hamish is very flourishing now, but I think they are going soon to the seaside somewhere before returning to Hindhead.

Did I tell you that Mr. Mott was so pleased with my versical answer to his Enigma that he has sent it to lots of his friends-Only one person besides us answered right, & he sent it to 150! How clever we are!!

Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


A.R.W. [signature]

P.S. I have just looked at the paper & see the death of Dr. Fisher-last Monday-age 75. Write to Mrs. Fisher soon & condole.

A.R.W. [signature]


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