Sending her birthday greetings; and re. her brother William and Mac sailing [for America] from Liverpool on March 3rd.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: McComb, Angela
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Jan[uary]. 24th, 1897
My dear Violet
When this reaches you I suppose you will have "taken the cake" (or cakes) as the learned say, so it only remains for me to wish you many happy returns of the day, & that you may take many other cakes equally deserving to be eaten. I tried to get you a trifle yesterday for a remembrance, but failed, so must try & send it tomorrow. We have had snow & frost all the week & desperately [] cold, so have hardly been out of the house. On Saturday my letter -- considerably mangled and abbreviated by the Editor -- was in the Chronicle, -- better late than never. Tomorrow week Will is going back to Newcastle & the following week coming to London by ship with Mac. & after a few days or a week there they will come here for a week or ten days & then to Liverpool to sail March 3rd. I believe me1.
Wishing you happiness & good digestion of the cake.
I remain | your affectionate Pa | Alfred R Wallace [signature]
1. "believe" is written with the end e extending into another word, possibly "me"
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