Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 25 May 1902.
Re. visits to Broadstone several times a week, planting of water-lilies in [Broadstone] garden pond, progress of building cellar, furnace, and fireplace, 'Monogram' for front chimney; merits of different types of wood panel, details to be arranged with Mr Curtis Senior.
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Transcriber: Murphy, Will
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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May 25th. 1902
My dear Violet
I have so much to do & so many letter, & get so tired going to Broadstone 3 or so times a week, which is necessary to keep things quite straight, that I cannot write long letters. (I had quite forgotten your Zoo tickets till I looked at your letter just now, so I send you a lot (13) of last years which are all good for entrance but you must date them.)
Now for the house &c. The Pond does not leak the least bit, -- & the water lilies are all in it & are starting well. Now the weather is too hot. March to June in 3 days! [] Furnace not got yet as steps down to cellar not finished. Hot air fireplace not got yet, but will come with the Monogram for chimny[sic] by front door.
One "Rational" will be ordered soon. The Roof timbers are now nearly on, & will be boarded & fitted soon, & then tiled, & then we can go on inside as soon as we can get wood, & carpenters, and decide on plans. I find that Oregon pine & Pitch pine can be had about same price. This will come to about double the cost of the best matchboard, besides a good deal more in labour, but I think we can have the best rooms all in panels [] the way you said -- quite plain, and the dado either plain boards, or good matchboarding.
This I will arrange about when Mr. Carter’s Son? comes next.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
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