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Record number: WCP269

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
3 March 1896

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 3 March 1896.

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


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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LETTER (WCP269.269)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/68
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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 [[4]] 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!

A.R.W. [signature]


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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