Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Fletcher Barrett [none given] on 29 November 1901.
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Transcriber: Benny, Ruth
Transcription date: April 25, 2014
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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 [] 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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