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Record number: WCP3622

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Fletcher Barrett
29 November 1901

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Fletcher Barrett [none given] on 29 November 1901.

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21 December 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3622.3523)

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

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Private Collection
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Nov[ember]r. 29th. 1901

Prof[essor]. W. F. Barrett

My dear Barrett

I have at length bought some land only 4 miles from here offering a most charming site for a house, and I am really (at my age!) going to build!

But there is no water laid on & the company want makes an [word illeg.] demand for "extending the mains". I should therefore prefer to have my own water, & write to ask you if you have the address of any relative "dowser" within a [[2]] moderate distance of this place. Even if the water should be laid on I should be glad of a surface supply to form ponds &c. for waterlilies. I fancy there must be water very near as there is a good deal of clay about on the surface or a few feet deep, and a surface supply however small would be most useful.

If permanent water can be had at a moderate depth I would put up a small windmill & force pump as I did at the first house I built, 30 years ago.

Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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