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Record number: WCP316

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
13 October 1898

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 13 October 1898.

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


Re. sending letters; newspapers on De Rougemont; letter from her brother William in America; Californian edition [by William Dorey] of "Omar Khayam" from Mrs Wallace of Stockton (Violet's aunt Mary) first edition of "Wonderful Century", 2000 copies almost sold out, 1000 more to be printed; Lord Grimthorpe; photographic portraits of Alfred Russel Wallace by Miss Chant, including one for an American magazine.

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LETTER (WCP316.316)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/115
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Oct[ober] 13th. 1898

My dear Violet

I send two letters that have come for you. I also sent you 3 insides of papers to see about DeRougemont. Now we shall expect a full description of the new Rektorial[?] above[?], and of Possneck itself and of the surrounding country. Also of the interesting neighbours which may take the place of the never-to-be-forgotten mad-houses and slaughterhouses of Blackenheim. Wills last letter gave us a journal of his sporting excursion. Nothing very exciting. No bears, or painters[?], or other monsters, Got some fair deer-shooting each of them getting a stag with good [[2]] horns, so, apparently they enjoyed themselves and came galumphing back. I hope he will get some work soon at Denver or elsewhere. I asked Mrs. W. of Stockton to get me a copy of the Californian edition of Omar Khayam [sic], and it came by same post as Wills letter, showing that they have reached home safely. It is a charming little Edition, pub[lishe]d by William Doxey, At the sign of the Lark, San Francisco, with a preface and Life of Omar. It is beautifully printed on fine paper, just the thing to take out and read on the grass, the price is 1/2 dollar 2/- and the postage is only 1-- so you can write & order a copy if you like sending a P. order [[3]] for the amount. I have read a good deal of it, and it is really charming. It is an exquisitely poetical philosophy of life from a purely materialistic point of view. The first edition of my "Wonderful Century" is nearly sold out (2000) and they are going to print another 1000, which is not so bad for such a heretical book. I forget whether I told you of the new convert to Antivaccination -- Lord Grimthorpe -- a rich man who has repaired and restored St. Albans Abbey. He wrote me a long letter saying he had been converted by my book and that I might print his letter. He is [[4]] a clever man, was formerly a barrister, and an authority on bells & chimes & church clocks. Miss Church[?] has been taking some rather good photos of me lately, & has sold the negative of one to a London firm, who want it for illustrations in an American magazine.

That is all the news I can think of at present

Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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