Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 4 October 1895.
Re. bills from Violet's dressmaker and dentist; instructions for obtaining a copy of the County History of Lancashire; death of Crumpet, a family cat, and the fate of her kittens; Alfred Russel Wallace's article on language published, leading article on it in the "Daily Chronicle"; regards to Eleanor; Ma's (Annie Mitten) health; Violet's brother William still at Govan.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
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Transcriber: Linden, Tess
Transcription date: August 19, 2013
Scrutiny: 19/08/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Oct.[obe]r 4th. 1895
My dear Violet1
I have paid your dressmaker's bill -- £1.0.3- & send you £4 balance. I also have your dentist's bill, £1.11.6, which I will pay. It seems very moderate. I am of course overhead & heels in orchid houses -- now almost finished. I have no County Geography of Lancashire, you can get them by sending [] 2d & 1/2d for postage, to William Collins & Sons, Bridewell Place, New Bridge Street, London. Miss Lachlan has not sent back the books yet.
I have only one piece of news for you & that is very sad. Poor Crumpet2 is dead! She came in one day last week with a most dreadful wound in the lower part of her stomach four or five inches long. I think she must have rushed away from some dog or [] cat & got through a hole with a nail sticking up & so tore herself. However after a day or two we saw it was hopeless, and had to put her out of her misery.
The two kittens are all right as they can just feed themselves. The old cat is all right.
My language article3 is out at last! The Daily Chronicle had a long leading article on it. As soon as I [] get my separate copies I will send you some.
Give my kind regards to Eleanor but how she is going to reform I cannot guess -- not becoming a primrose dame I hope!
You did not send me Dora's address. Ma's4 eye will not get well, though much better.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Will5 is still at Govan.
1. Violet Isabel Wallace (1869-1945), daughter of Alfred Russel Wallace.
2. Crumpet, the family cat.
3. AR Wallace, 1895, "Expressiveness of Speech, or Mouth Gesture as the Origin of Language", Fortnightly Review.
4. Annie Wallace (1848-1914), nee Mitten, wife of Alfred Russel Wallace.
5. William Greenell Wallace (1871-1951), son of Alfred Russel Wallace.
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