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Record number: WCP275

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
23 September 1896

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 23 September 1896.

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


Re. her proposed trip to Switzerland, enclosing a letter from Miss Lowe (not present) with details of a chalet; arrangements for payment for a new machine [bicycle]; Harris asking for Alfred Russel Wallace articles, may rewrite some of his lectures; visits by Violet's brother William and Grandpa (William Mitten).

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LETTER (WCP275.275)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/74
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Septr. 23rd 1896

My dear Violet

I enclose you a letter from Miss Lowe to her mother with a place of their Châlet, cost &c., It seems to have cost a good deal for so small a one, but that is partly owing to there being no road to it which made the carriage of all the materials expensive. You can keep the letter & plan.

As to your "startling proposition" I dare say it can be managed. If you like to do without your allowance for Michaelmas & [[2]] Xmas that will be ₤.8 deducting the ₤.2 you owe ma. The other ₤.8 I will give you for a birthday present in January, or when the machine is ready for delivery. But before you decide on having one made would it not be well to try 2 or 3 different makes to see which you like best? Also do not pay a deposit in advance. Will has just lost ₤3 which he paid for a gun in advance, & the makers went bankrupted & he has [[3]] lost it. Also enquire about the new "Fleuss tubeless pneumatic Tyre" which seems to be a great improvement & to save the nuisance of pricking the tube, blowing up &c &c. -- at least I think so.

As to your Magazine I am afraid I can write nothing suitable. I cant write stories or anything for kids or their Mas. Harris has just been writing to me again for something for the Saturday Rev. I think I shall try him with some articles made out of my lecture to be afterward [[4]] published as a book. Mr. Sharpe has read it and he thinks it will make a very interesting book.

Grandpa is here, & Will came over on Saturday afternoon & went back on Sunday. He has got a rise to 35/-- a week at which he is much pleased. He asked for it. You must try & get another rise this year. It has been very wet. To day we went to the waterworks bog & found lots of the rare heath!

Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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