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Record number: WCP263

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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
2 May 1895

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 2 May 1895.

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


Re. invitation to Eleanor; a book ordered from America; sending flowers from garden and some orchids; proposed visit to Mr Evans to get plants; exam meetings; accumulation of letters, reviews to write, and chess games; problems with greenhouse blinds; news of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace's brother (John).

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LETTER (WCP263.263)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/62
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

May 2nd 1895

My Dear Violet,

Ma has written today to ask Eleanor to come. As to the book, I sent for the one you ordered. It had to be sent for to America. You had better write direct to the American publisher enclosing a P[ostal] Order for the money.

I send you some flowers from the garden & a sample of my orchids. The big bunch was withering so I cut it. There have been 4 like it & the effect was [[2]] grand. I will try & go to Mrs. Soans after the last exam meeting & take some plants with me home.

I have been, & am, very busy, having had endless trouble putting my freelance mind &c. to work, & cannot get anybody to help me. Then I have reviews to write & endless letters & grams coming, & almost [[3]] too much chess! And my orchids take me about 3 hours every day, so I really cannot send things for you-but perhaps Eleanor will get there & pack them when she is here.

A few weeks ago I had the expected news of the death of my poor brother after months of dreadful pain. For the [[4]] last month he could take no food but an egg beat up with coffee or wine twice a day.

Adieu | Your Affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

P.S. Of course A.M. can come, but you must arrange when & you must be here

A.R.W. [signature]

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