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Record number: WCP262

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
7 March 1895

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 7 March 1895.

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


Re. sending crocus (bulbs) and a lily, with instructions for planting and care; will send snakes soon; arrangements for Violet's final exams, suggesting Miss MacDonald might substitute for her at the Kindergarten for six weeks; cost of a glass prism; purchase of book "Portraits & Autographs" (of 100 men).

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LETTER (WCP262.262)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/61
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

March 7th 1895

My Dear Violet,

Ma sends some crocuses to make two pots full. The 6 at one end are yellow, the other six white. They will grow in any soil, road scrapings will do-- & you can let the sprouted part be above the ground. You must get some proper soil for your lily from some gardener. It will cost more to send it & more trouble than it is worth. It will want a rather large pot, and as it will not flower til late in the Autumn & will want careful watering all that time, it is hardly likely to come to [[2]] perfection. I will see if I can send you the snakes &c. in a few days.

It will be very valuable to you to pass the final exam. & get the final certificate, but do you think 6 weeks will be enough to do it? I should think you must pay a substitute at the K.G. what you get yourself-at least. I will pay your board &c. & fees at Madames for the 6 weeks. Perhaps Miss Macdonald would be your substitute if she has nothing by that time.

If Miss King has a garden, and a gardener, you could get [[3]] some soil & a pot for your lily there-- & instructions. I never grew lilies in pots.

An ordinary glass prism would not cost more than a shilling or two I should think. A good large reading glass 3/ or 4/ you can ascertain at any opticians.

I have not got the book of the 100 men. It is called Portraits & Autographs price 1/6, I will get it & you had better get one at Liverpool. We still have frost every night, & no water yet.

Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

[[4]] P.S. you can chop up the moss & lay it on the surface of your crocus pots & at first only keep the moss moist. 1not much water til green leaves appear, then more.


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