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Record number: WCP282

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 24 January 1897.

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


Sending her birthday greetings; and re. her brother William and Mac sailing [for America] from Liverpool on March 3rd.

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LETTER (WCP282.282)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/81
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

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 [[2]] 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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