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Record number: WCP408

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. Annie and son William's health; Sir David Wedderburn coming to visit to talk with Alfred Russel Wallace about Java; new black kitten for Annie; outing with Violet to Selsdon, Hamsey Green and Riddlesdown, primroses in flower; Miss Buckley's anticipated visit.

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LETTER (WCP408.408)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/2
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Waldron Edge

Friday morning1

Dear Annie2

I am glad to hear that your face is better & that Willie3 is well. Sir David Wedderburn is coming to dinner on Sunday. He wrote to ask if he might come on Sunday as he wants to have some conversation with me about Java -- so I gave him his choice for morning or afternoon train[.] He has chosen the morning.

So you can come on out just as you like. Ellen will get us dinner very well. She has got a black [[2]] kitten for you.

I have had to wear my ulster several days I have been to country. Not one warm day yet. On Saturday I and Violet4 started at 10 & did not get home till 4 going to Selsdon, Ramsey Green & Riddlesdown. Millions of primroses but no cowslips & only one orchis!

I will write to Miss Buckley5 & tell her she can come any day after Monday.

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. Wallaces daughter Violet Wallace (1868-1945).

5. Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929).

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