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Record number: WCP329

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Violet Isabel Wallace
4 February 1902

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 4 February 1902.

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


Re. her illness, suggesting convalescence at Wadhurst, Miss Debenham as substitute teacher; difficulties re title and water supply to "Old Orchard" now settled, Mr Donkin settling details of house; Alfred Russel Wallace's bronchitis and cold cured by warm house and hot baths.

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LETTER (WCP329.329)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/2/128
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Feb[uary]. 4th. 1902

My dear Violet

Ma thinks, & so do I, that on the strength of the Doctors opinion you should ask the Board to allow you to have a holiday till after Easter. The Doctor will no doubt give you a formal certificate to that effect I doubt if lying in bed all day is what you need, but gentle healthy exercise out of doors and perfect rest whenever you feel to want it. Wadhurst will, I expect set you up, with its more bracing air & country walks. I dare say Miss Debenham [[2]] would act as your substitute or one of the Students. Do take this seriously into consideration. NB. "Prevention is better than cure." "A stitch in time saves nine" -- O.P. (old Proverbs.)1 The bath is in good order now & any amount of boiling can be had.

All the little difficulties which so alarmed you & Will (especially Will) about "Old Orchard" title & water have been satisfactorily settled. The water will be on as soon as the weather is fine enough for me to go & see about it. We have now a large wooden workshop up with a nice little Office with a small stove in it where we can have our [[3]] lunch, make tea &c.

Mr. Donkin was here yesterday to settle finally a few details about the house, -- which will now I think be O.K.

I completely got rid of my bronchitis in 2 or 3 weeks by keeping in the house & very warm at night. Then during the milder weather I had my hair cut, & a few days after got a sharp cold in the head, but two nights hot baths have nearly cured it.

I hope this little spell of winter is the last.

Your affectionate Pa | A. R. Wallace [signature]

[[4]] P.S. (Saturday Morning.) no more news of importance. Very cold & with alternate frosts, snow, & thaw, so I have been at home. Work goes on all night at "Old Orchard under superintendence of Percy Curtis, who seems quite at home at his work though looking quite a boy. Excavating cellars all the week -- an immense lot of stuff to get out. most of it clay which will be burnt, & make fine stuff for walks instead of gravel, & also do for concrete. but it takes a good deal of time & attention so it cannot be done yet. We have not found our sand yet but next week we shall dig for it, & I have no doubt we shall find plenty. Then the week after we shall be building the foundation walls in concrete, & concreting the floors in order to begin the house itself. I enclose a pict[ur]e riddle sent by Will a long time ago & mislaid. -- I give it up! This was misdirected to Charville R[oa]d! & returned today (Saturday!).2

A.R.W. [signature]

"Kim" has been sent to Will this 3 weeks -- "And Bob" will be sent when Ma has read it.3


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