Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 10 February 1895.
Re. nervous illness of her mother (Annie Wallace), attended by Dr Philpotts; fifth very cold winter in Dorset; no water in house due to frozen water pipes; reports that winter the coldest since 1854; hard frosts in Norfolk, deep snow in Rome, Germany and America, warning Violet not to skate on thin ice; news of Mrs Fisher and Mrs Maclachlan.
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Transcriber: Kirwan, Luke
Transcription date: February 24, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Feb[uary] 10th, 1895
My Dear Violet,
Ma has a bad fit of her nerves and has not slept for the last 2-3 nights, so we have had a doctor Dr. Philpotts and he says she will be put all right in a few days. Of course she is dreadfully nervous about you going on to thin ice and stumbling in, &c. &c. &c. and so I am ordered to write to you at once & tell you to be sure & not do anything of the sort, this cold weather. After all my care having new waterpipes laid, they are frozen again outside, & some have had no water [] since Wednesday morning. It has been colder in many places than any year since the Crimean winter. 1854-- in Norfolk, & parts of Bedfordshire 40˚ of frost. Here [it’s] about 20˚. So we now have had five cold, very cold, winters running in this mildest of climates. Englands Mentone[?]! But there has been deep-snow at Cannes and at Rome, and bitter, colder, harder, still in Germany and America.
Mrs. Fisher says you are to write to her and tell her how you are and what you are doing. [] Mrs. Maclachlan is here still but is going away soon, when the mild weather begins..
There is really no other news that I can think of, so must "coil" as Will says. Mind you write instantly you get this to tell us you are not frozen or killed entirely in any other way, or Ma will be worrying herself into fits.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
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