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Record number: WCP271

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
20 April 1896

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 20 April 1896.

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


Re. sudden death of Captain Marshall Hall; Violet's proposed walking trip with Ma (Annie Wallace) and Eleanor, letter from Mrs Lowe; Violet's brother William's visit to Bakewell; The Clarionettes, [Clarion Cycling Club] Nunquam, (Robert Blatchford) the Bounder [Edward Ray]; sending weeds and newts to Violet.

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LETTER (WCP271.271)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/70
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

April 20th, 1896

My dear Violet1

I enclose you a £5 note. Ma tells me she wrote to you on Saturday & I suppose told you of Capt. Marshall Hall’s sudden death. She enclosed you Mrs. Lowe’s letter so, I should think you & Ma & Eleanor, could live there very cheaply. It would cost you about £5 each for travelling there & back. You [[2]] could take tea, & a stash of tinned meat &c. but you must think over it yourselves & decide soon. It is a beautiful country with grand excursions within a dogs walking.

Will had a pleasant time at Bakewell with the Clarionettes, but he was too late for either Mengnam[?] or the others, & the Bounder was not there. I will send [[3]] you the weeds in a day or two & try & get the newts.

In haste | Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Violet Isabel, ARW’s daughter, (1869 - 1945).

2. ARW’s wife, Annie Wallace, (1846 - 1914).

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