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Record number: WCP290

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
4 May 1897

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 4 May 1897.

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


Re. manuscript of her article on playgrounds for poor children, possibly suitable for "Contemporary Review"; Olive Schreiner in the "Fortnightly"; Alfred Russel Wallace's article on "Gorge of the Aar" in the "Fortnightly"; chapter on Phrenology for book finished.

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LETTER (WCP290.290)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/89
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

May 4th. 1897

My dear Violet1

You have much improved in your composition & your article with a little further expansion will do very well. I have added in pencil a few words here & there to round off the sentences & make them read better. Also some notes for additions, chiefly on p.7 and the end. When you have made all these alterations & additions -- so as to read well -- copy it all out fair and send to me [[2]] and I will try & get it in the "Contemporary Review"2! If that fails, we will try "Good Words"3 or "Macmillans"4, but I rather think the Edition of the "Contemporary" will have it.

I think -- "Children in the Parks" will be as good a title as any. Or perhaps -- "Playgrounds for Poor Children" -- or -- "Poor Children in the Parks". I send you also Olive Schnewien art.[icle] From the lost "Fortnightly" [[3]] which was put away because it had my "Gorge of the Aar" article in it.

This month’s "Fortnightly" has not come yet & I have a horrid suspicion that they may not be going to send it me anymore!

I have just finished a good chapter on "Phrenology" for my book.

In haste | Your affect[iona]te Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. ARW’s daughter, Violet Isabel, (1869 - 1945)

2. The Contemporary Review, founded in 1866, is a British biannual magazine.

3. Good Words, founded in 1860, is a monthly periodical in the United Kingdom

4. Macmillan’s Magazine, published from 1859 - 1907, is a monthly British magazine

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