Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 3 March 1896.
Re. orchids, some from General Dunn about to flower; visit from Doveton, a poet and psychical researcher from Torquay; Violet's brother William in Hull; Ma's (Annie Wallace) eyes improving; poor health of Miss Marshall Hall; arrival of bacon but no bill; regards to Eleanor; instructions to send her brother William the "Jungle Books".
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Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Noriega, Melisa
Transcription date: July 11, 2013
Scrutiny: 11/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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March 3rd, 1896
My dear Violet1
I send you 3 orchid flowers as a sample, several others are coming on. No particular news here. Some of the orchid several Dunn gave me will flower soon. A poet has called on us. He lives at Torquay but is staying at Bournemouth. His name is Doveton. He wants admiration! After he had called here he wrote to ask [] whether I was disappointed in him! He has send me a book of short essays & sketches -- efforts at being funny mostly, others showing that he is an author, & is a poet &c. &c.. When I don’t write to butter him up, he writes to say he feels hurt!!! He is a psychical researcher, but does not know much about it, & is sometimes [] amusing but likely to be a dreadful bore. Fortunately he does not live here.
Just had a letter from Will2: he is still at Hull & has been to see Beverley Minster3 -- that is all his news.
Ma’s4 eyes are much better. Poor Mrs. Marshall Hall seem to be worse as she had an operation on her throat. I have had 2 lbs. of bacon [] sent but no bill. I send you 2/-5 for it. Send me the address & I will order more when I want it. It is very good.
Kind remembrances to Eleanor.6
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
P.S. Have you sent Will "Jungle Books" yet. Pray do! I want him to read Mowgli. Little Bagherra is more Bagheraish than ever!
1. ARW’s daughter Violet Isabel (1869 - 1945)
2. ARW’s son William Greenell (1871 - 1951)
3. Beverley Minster is one of the largest parish churches in the UK, located in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
4. ARW’s wife Annie Wallace (1846 - 1914)
5. This notation indicates 2 shillings and 0 pence
6. Eleanor Mildred Sidgwick, physical investigator (1845 – 1936)
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