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Record number: WCP294

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 30 September 1897.

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


Re. book on educational reformers including Rousseau; "Brotherhood"; Nunquam and Cartwel in the "Clarion"; news from her brother William in America; her salary and career, possibility of [renting] Walker's house for use as a kindergarten; Corfe View house; holidays in Switzerland.

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LETTER (WCP294.294)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/93
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Sept.[embe]r 30th. 1897

My dear Violet1

I send you the book on Educational Reformers having read the chapter on Rousseau, which is really wonderful. I also send a "Brotherhood" & a few "Clarions"2 in which read at all events "Nunquam’s"3 & Cartwel’s letters & articles.

I have just sent off to Ma4 at Hurst Will’s5 last letter received yesterday, with instructions to send to you immediately as it is for all of us. It contains adventures. Journey to Niagara & the West stopped for the present, & they are all now at a place near the centre of the Adirondacks, the finest mountain scenery in America! [[2]] And they want to get away!! I have told him it is far better than the Rocky Mountains, & have urged him to stay there the winter, if they can -- & hunt wolves, bears, panthers!!!

Now with regard to your affairs. I quite agree that you should have a nice -- and more, a thoroughly good one, else they will at worst give you £10 more & consider it final. If I were you I should ask £120, as the lowest you consider your services worth, & the lowest you can stay on. Then if they decline, come here & start a K.G.6 We can no doubt get an unfurnished room near, [[3]] and as you will be at no expense for your board, you can afford to wait till you get pupils. But I have another idea for you to think over. Walker finds his house too large as his sister will not come & live with him, & wants to let it. The large lower room about 30 ft & 20 ft. with a wide verandah & separate entrance, would make a splendid K.G. It has sun all day & a slope to the south which would probably add a few years to my life as I could bask in it in the winter. Now, if we could get it at say £60 or £65 -- I don’t think he will get more as there are so few [[4]] bed-rooms -- & we could let Corfe View for £50 or £55 which I think we could, easily do, there would only be £10 to £15 -- loss, & when you got a dozen or 20 children you could afford to pay that. I suppose a large room alone would cost that. Two more families have come there both with children though perhaps too old, -- but there are so many families about now, that I am pretty sure a K.G. for Castle Eve & Sandecotes alone would be fairly filled. As to your health here, surely bicycle rides & sea-boating would get over that, with a bracing holiday in Switzerland or elsewhere. One of the ladies just come has lived in Switzerland & says the flowers in April and May are wonderful! Nothing like them is seen later on.

Your affect[ionate] Pa | A R. Wallace [signature]


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

2. The Clarion was a weekly newspaper published in the UK, founded in 1891.

3. The Nunquam Papers, written by Robert Blatchford, 1891

4. ARW’s wife Annie Wallace (1846 - 1914)

5. ARW’s son William Greenell (1871 - 1951)

6. Shorthand for kindergarten

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