Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 2 May 1895.
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).
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Kirwan, Luke
Transcription date: February 24, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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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 [] 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 [] 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 [] 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
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