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Record number: WCP295

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
10 October 1897

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [none given] on 10 October 1897.

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


Re. news from her brother William in America; her possible career and salary at Limpsfield; grandpa (William Mitten) finding a rare grass near Wareham, Dorset, Mr. Mansell-Playdell pleased; orchids; Violet's dress; Annie's desire to visit America. Addendum by Annie Wallace

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LETTER (WCP295.295)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/94
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Oct.[obe]r 10th. 1897

My dear Violet1,

I send you Will's2 last letter, with more adventures & risks. Send it on to Hurst when read.

If you can make good terms for Limpsfield it will be a nice healthy place for you. Could you not arrange at once besides your fixed salary to have something extra for each child above a certain number. There is no particular news, but more new people. [[2]] Did I tell you that Grandpa3 found here a plant that had never been found before in Dorset - a grass in a ditch near Wareham. He said it ought to grow there & it did & all the botanists are surprised that they never found it. Mr. Mansel Playdel4[sic] is so pleased that he has sent us a hare & 3 partridges, so we are having luxuries.

There is a great Orchid [[3]] sale at Bournemouth from Wednesday to Friday which I must be at all day so am very busy preparing.

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


My dear Violet1,

I came home on Saturday & found everything all right. I hear your dress etc. was sent-off on Thursday. I hope it is satisfactory. Your Papa is going to enjoy himself at orchid sales this week & I am going to seize the opportunity & clear out his rooms. Wills letter makes me long to go to such a lovely country & I want to sell up & go. Your Papa does not see it. I did not go to Godalming as I had intended [.] It came on cold suddenly & I had no warm clothes with me so thought it best to come back & it is rather too late in the year to do much of doors. The country was lovely as I came along the line.

Yours affectionately | Annie Wallace [signature]

Don't forget to send Wills letter to Hurst.


1. Violet Wallace (1869 - 1945)- ARW's daughter

2. William Greenell Wallace (1871-19651), Wallace’s son

3. William Mitten (1819-1906), Wallace’s father-in-law

4. John Clavell Mansel-Playdell (1817-1902), B.A., J.P., and D.L., F.G.S., F.L.S.,
President of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club

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