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Record number: WCP320

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
23 January 1899

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 23 January 1899.

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


Re. her birthday; drainage work; visit from Miss D'Arcy; Swanley Gardening College and gardening as a profession for women; news of her brother William who has sent the mounted head of a deer; "Clarion" and "Chronicle".

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LETTER (WCP320.320)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/119
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Jan[uary] 23th. 1899

My dear Violet

I send you £. 2-- for a birthday present which you can spend in any useful luxury you like. It has been so awfully stormy & wet the last fortnight that I have hardly been out, & there is no particular news. Drains finished at last, -- & of course sticks much the same as ever! They will cost I dare say £. 25 or more!

Miss DArcy staid[sic] with us [[2]] a week while packing & paying calls & left on Saturday for Devonshire. She is going to the Gardening College at Swanley in the spring. At Farnham, Surrey, where she went on a visit, she met a young lady who is at the College & likes it much, & also visited two lady gardeners who had been trained there & who are now head gardeners at a Convalescent house with a man under them & who produce all the vegetables & fruit for the Institution & [[3]] receive £ 40 a year & board & lodging! Really, that is better than teaching..

Will is still at the same place -- as cook & housemaid, groom, & odd man to himself. He has at last caught 2 mice & made skeligtons[?] of them! He has sent his deers head home. He had it mounted -- head & neck -- & it looks handsome in the passage just under the skylight. They still talk of going to California & though the Southern States, & boating [[4]] down the Mississippi &c. & up the Ohio! But perhaps something will come to stop it. He spent Xmas & New Years days at the Ranch, & had chicken both times. I send a "Clarion". Will send another Chronicle soon but there has been nothing of interest for some time. Please return my Chron. letter, as I may send it to some one.

In haste | Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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