Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 23 January 1899.
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'.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Murphy, Will
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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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 D’Arcy staid[sic] with us [] 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 & [] 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 deer’s 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 [] 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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