Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 22 February 1898.
Re. her [move to] London and resignation from current job; "The Wonderful Century", verses and mottos wanted for chapter headings, Longfellow, Mr Mott; design wanted for cover; [Mr Chant] to read proofs; Mrs Fisher; Eucalyptus in garden damaged by snow; book on vaccination and letter from her brother William sent last week.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Murphy, Will
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Feb[uary] 22nd. 1898
My dear Violet
I am glad your London affair is settled. I think you had better give notice at once, and it is not advisable to say anything to offend any of them. I enclose a rough draft which I think is the kind of thing that will be best.
I am just finishing off this "Century." I had copied out the last verse from Longfellow, which you can send me. The others I think I have already got verses for. Mr. Mott has written me two very nice, & I hope will do more. The chapters I now want mottoes for most are
1 Chemistry, 2 Machinery (Sewing-machine & Type-writer), Physiology (cells, antiseptics, anæsthetics.)
[] We had a heavy snow all last night, it is more than a foot deep & has broken the top off the Eucalyptus tree!
If you can find anything that will do for those three subjects please send me at once or at all events in a week or two, as I can use it in the proofs if better than what I get before.
Do you know anyone who can suggest a good emblematical design for the cover of "The Wonderful Century"? Something striking yet simple and intelligible. I have not written to Mrs. Fisher about proofs, as [] Mr. Chant, will read them, & as he has plenty of time & has a very good knowledge of science I think he can do it best. We shall be able to discuss together any suggestions, which will be an advantage. He found out a stupid newsprint on the Vaccination which nobody else noticed.
I enclose Will’s last p[ost] card about his poor nose!
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
I sent you the "Vaccination" last week, with a letter.
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