Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 18 January 1897.
Re. her expenses; her brother William [sailing for America]; 'Century' (magazine); whale on beach at Boscombe; Alfred Russel Wallace review of book on instinct by Lloyd Morgan for 'Natural Science'; Grandpa's (William Mitten) purchase of land.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: McComb, Angela
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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January 18th. 1897
My dear Violet
I send you £1. to go on with till March. If not enough let me know. I send you the three last "Centurys"[sic] -- Afterwards you will have them from [Macaulley?] I expect. In [Nov?] there is a beautiful article on "Jeanne D’Arc" -- by a French painter.
Fuzzy is flourishing.
Our only excitement here is a "great Whale" at Boscombe! It was towed on shore by [] the Coast Guard, & then sold by the Government. It was 62 feet long, supposed to have been killed by a steamer. A doctor bought it & intends to leave the skeleton hung up in Boscome[sic] Arcade. He gave £25 for it, and there have been a dozen men the last few days cutting it up & getting out the bones. It was got 10 days ago, but the weather was so bad that we did not go till this morning when we found a big heap of []2 vertebrae & ribs, and the head fins &c. paddles, &c almost buried in sand as the tide washed over it at High water. Will went with us at 9 am & then went on to Southampton by the 11.10. I have been reading Lloyd Morgan’s book on "Instinct" -- a grand book -- & have written a review of it for "Natural Science." They give[sic] me the book for the review! A letter on Saturday from grandpa informs us that he has, at last, got the bit of field at back of their garden. He pays £100, but they build a [] wall 8 feet high the whole length of the end, and he has both sides of the wall to plant trees or creepers on, & a roadway next [to] the wall for his private use so that no graves can be made close to the wall! I think this is very good, and will double the value of his garden.
Mr. Flürsheim’s Christmas present to Ma was a beautiful rug which we have in the study & which is very comfortable!
Will thinks now they will sail to Boston from Liverpool to save the expense of going from N. York to Boston.1
Kind regards to Eleanor | Your affectionate Father | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Written along the left hand edge of page 3
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