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Record number: WCP293

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
7 September 1897

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 7 September 1897.

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


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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LETTER (WCP293.293)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/92
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

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 [[2]] 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. [[3]] 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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