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.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Lang, Ben
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Waldron Edge, Croydon
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 [] 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. Wallace’s wife Anne Mitten (1848-1915).
3. Wallace’s son William Greenell Wallace (1871-1951).
4. A box was drawn around "(blue-pill & colocynth)" after the letter was written.
5. Wallace’s 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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