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Record number: WCP321

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
14 February 1899

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 14 February 1899.

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


Re. her plans to return to England, possibility of visiting the Burrells, German schools, future career; Alfred Russel Wallace researching family genealogy for his autobiography, Mrs Gorringe's refusal to supply a photograph of his great-great uncle William Greenell; local house sales; the Evanses, Miss Roberts; Mrs Symonds, Miss North.

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LETTER (WCP321.321)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/120
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Feb[uary] 14th. 1899

My dear Violet

The enclosed letter was intended to have been sent you when it came, but got misplaced & forgotten. Of course you can go to the Burrells if you like on your way home, but if you stay & go [on] a school excursion in Germany, that will be much more interesting & useful, & after that there may not be time if you are to get any work in the autumn. I should think if you write to your friends to look out for you [[2]] they might get you something or at all events advise you in time to apply for it, & come home if necessary. The having been with one of these school-excursions will be a great advantage both as showing you exactly how they are managed, & adding to your "pedagogic" qualifications!

I am very busy now hunting up Wallace & Greenell genealogies &c. for the Autobiography. It is very difficult, but I am [[3]] getting on. After another 3 days gale of terrific violence we have had, today, a tidy spring day. The Evans had decided on a house at Alum Chine Bournemouth, when just as they were making final arrangements the person who is in it determined not to leave! So they have to begin again!

Mrs. Symonds (sister of Miss North) may, possibly, buy Andmore. Nothing settled yet of what they ask for it.

I wrote very politely to Mrs. Gorringe[?] to let me [[4]] have a photograph taken of the portrait of Mr. William Greenell my great-great-Uncle, who is like what I was, & was an architect, -- & they refused! Delightful people! It is Mr. Gorringes[?] doing. They had the picture & 3 others, with Miss Roberts house & furniture. All are of Greenells, who are no relations whatever to them! I told Mrs G. what I wanted it for.

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

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