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Record number: WCP281

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
18 January 1897

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 18 January 1897.

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


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.

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LETTER (WCP281.281)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/80
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

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 DArc" -- by a French painter.

Fuzzy is flourishing.

Our only excitement here is a "great Whale" at Boscombe! It was towed on shore by [[2]] 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 [[3]]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 Morgans 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 [[4]] 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. Flürsheims 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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