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Record number: WCP407

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
[May] [1879]

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) [none given] on [May] [1879].

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


Re. mild weather; son William's cough; visit from George Silk, playing chess, visiting Stevens to play billiards; Primula japonicus; reaction of kitten to new surroundings; asks for a letter from Violet.

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  • letter (1)

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LETTER (WCP407.407)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/1
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Waldron Edge, Croydon

Tuesday evening1

Dear Annie2

I was glad to hear you arrived comfortably. I hope Willies3 cough is no worse. You say nothing about it. To day[sic] for the first time it is mild and pleasant. George Silk has been politely cursing English Springs all the time he has been here. He took a strong pill -- (blue-pill & colocynth)4 on Saturday evening -- eats meat soaked in vinegar and apple-pie for supper, and of course had his stomach awfully upset all Sunday. We have religiously played at chess many [[2]] evening, & yesterday we went to lunch with Mr. Stevens5 & played billiards in the afternoon. I brought home two Primula japoniens6[sic] with me. The pies are lasting out very well but we have now got into the bakers bread!

G.S.7 went this morning, and I shall now have a little tranquillity[sic] till Saturday. The kitten is very melancholy, & got very thin, but is now a little more cheerful. She evidently could not make out the awful quiet of the house at all. Give the children a kiss for me & tell Violet to write me a long letter.

With kind remembrances to all at home | I remain | your ever affectionate | Alfred. [signature]


1. Text which was added after the letter was written reads "May 1879".

2. Wallaces wife Anne Mitten (1848-1915).

3. Wallaces son William Greenell Wallace (1871-1951).

4. A box was drawn around "(blue-pill & colocynth)" after the letter was written.

5. Wallaces agent in London, Samuel Stevens (1817-1899).

6. Also known as "Primula japonica".

7. Possibly George Silk, Wallace’s childhood friend.

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