Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to Violet Isabel Wallace [address not recorded] on 31 December 1905.
Re. Eleanor's postal address; progress of drainage work; Macmillan's magazines "Temple Bar" and "Macmillans"; Oliver Lodge on Shaw's "Major Barbara" in the "Clarion"; Kropotkin on the Russian people; book criticising Haeckel; regards to Mrs Fisher; letter sent to Reggie.
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Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Murphy, Will
Transcription date: July 8, 2011
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Dec[embe]r 31st. 1905
My dear Violet
Not having Eleanor’s address, please write & forward for me. After 2 drizzly days it turned dry & fairly cool. To day & all last night has been a S.E. or S. wind, and perfectly icy-cold. The drain has got nearly to the corner.
Macmillan’s have sent me another Mag. no.1. of a new issue of "Temple Bar". same size as "Macmillans", but thicker paper & longer type. I suppose Mrs. Fisher has it too. It is a style of Mag. I like -- as to get-up. [] In the last "Clarion" Oliver Lodge has written an article about Shaw’s "Major Barbara" -- which he thinks very fine -- all but the last act, & that, he thinks may have a purpose.
I am getting on with Kropotkin. It is excessively interesting now as illustrating much that is going on in Russia -- but otherwise just a little dull. But it well shows what a splendid people the Russians are notwithstanding their culture’s of the vilest oppression.
I have had a new 6d [] book criticising Haeckel, sent me. It is very good far better than O. Lodge’s & more readable though longer.
With kind regards to Mrs. Fisher.
Your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
P.S. I have written Reggie a long letter, about the Pen wiper & the Garden.
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