Re. Galton's work on visualisation; Violet's preference for snails over orchids; her Literary Society; Tolstoy's letter in the previous day's "Chronicle"; books, recommends J Muir and Besant; visiting poet (Doveton).
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Noriega, Melisa
Transcription date: July 11, 2013
Scrutiny: 11/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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March 18. 1896
My dear Violet1
You ask why I don’t write, when I wrote last & was wanting for you to write. I enclosed P.O. for 2/- for the bacon, and asked you for the address so that could send for more myself, & you say nothing about it & do not answer my question!! But I will answer yours. I have not got Mr. Galton’s2 book on visualisation, and I think I only saw what he wrote either in "Nature" or in some magazine. I quite forget where. I will remember next time that you prefer snails to orchids and I suppose also figs to [] pearls! I will look at beetles, bugs, earwigs, snails, slugs, spiders &c. &c. &c. &c. &c. and put some in the next box I send you. I am glad you are going to read some sensible books at your reading -- no Literary Society. By that means you may in time learn something about your Pa’s books! Did you read that splendid letter of Tolstoy’s in the "Chronicle" yesterday. I have cut it out. It was magnificent. Did you also read the story of the old Scotch preacher preaching on "Humiliation", illustrated by [] the "Science of Anatomy[?]" and the "Puddus[?] of ó a Soo"!!
You should get "The Mountains of California" by J. Muir3 -- to read at your Society. I have just read Besants4 "Armorel of Lyonesse" & like it very much, though it is not perhaps quite up to his highest mark.
I think I told you in my last about the Poet who had called upon us, & was "hurt" because I did not admire him enough! He is not a bad fellow, for & he is really a poet, as he has sent me two of his poems, one of which [] is quite as good as most of our new Poet laureate’s -- perhaps better. We have not heard from Will for more than a fortnight, but suppose he is still very busy at Hull. You had better write & tell him you are not coming home at Easter -- if you are not, -- as he may possibly, if his job is finished about then, come for his holiday.
Ma says would you like to have her new green cloak -- you know it.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. ARW’s daughter Violet Isabel (1869 - 1945).
2. Sir Francis Galton, (1822 - 1911), Charles Darwin’s cousin, English Victorian polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician.
3. John Muir, (1838 - 1914), Scottish-born American naturalist.
4. Sir Walter Besant, (1836-1901).
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