Re. Violet's trip to Paris; Alfred Russel Wallace's trips to Paris in the past; visits from Mr Osborne and Mr Carter re lecture by Mr Casson on "the labour church and the latent goodness of humanity"; Fred Birch; her brother William's letters.
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An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Rosen, Gabriel
Transcription date: July 15, 2013
Scrutiny: 16/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Sept[ember] 7th 1897
My dear Violet1
We were glad to hear you voyaged Paris. I was there more than 50 years ago for a week with my brother & sister and for a few days with G. Silk2 in 184753, I think, and again for a day or two with your Ma on our way to Switzerland in 1868. Of course it is a pleasure city, built largely by [] the speculators who thrived during Louis Napoleon’s3 reign.
On Sunday, Mr. Osborn4 called to see about Mr. Casson’s5 Lecture, & also Mr. Carter6 came in also & we fixed on a subject-- "The Labour Church & the Latent Goodness of Humanity." He will come here next Monday from Leeds. They have secured a Congregational Chapel for the Lecture, & may have a second on Thursday or Friday. [] He will lecture at Portsmouth in between. If fine I shall try & take him to Corfe for a day.
I have told the young enthusiast to send you some live animals if he comes across any. His address is, Fred. Birch, 23 Oxford Street, Wavertree. Liverpool.
In haste | your affect[ionate] Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
I send you Will’s last P[ost] card which please return
1. Violet Wallace, daughter to Alfred Russel Wallace, 1869-1945.
2. George Silk, lifelong friend of Wallace
3. Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon and ruler of the second
French Empire, 1809-1873.
4. Henry Fairfield Osborn, paleontologist 1857-1935.
5. Mr. John Cassin, ornithologist, 1813-1869.
6. Henry John Carter, geologist & zoologist 1813-1895.
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