Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Hotel du Glacier Du Rhone, Switzerland to Annie Wallace (née Mitten), [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on [July] .
Re. sending a box of plants, including Gentians, gathered at the Furka Pass, detailed instructions for planting in greenhouse, plans to put out on new rockery; Pa (Annie's father William Mitten) finding lots of curiosities including miniature willows; plans to go on to Grimsel Hospice and Meiringen.
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Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Kirwan, Luke
Transcription date: February 24, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Hotel du Glacier du Rhone
My dear Annie
I send you now a box of plants I got on both sides of the Furka Pass yesterday & about here today. The Furka Pass on both sides is a perfect flower-garden and the two sides have mostly different species. The violets and anemones were lovely & I have got two species of glorious gentians one I think is bavarica & the other either verna or one very like it. All the flowers in the box are very choice species & have been carefully dug up, & having seen how they grow I have been thinking of a plan of making a little bed for them on top of the new rockery where now there is nothing particular. Will you please plant them out carefully in the zinc tray of peat & sphagnum that stands outside near the little greenhouse door. Just lift up the [] sphagnum & see if the earth beneath is moist if not give it a soaking. Then put them all in, the short rooted ones in the sphagnum only, the other through into the peat. Then give them a good syringing & put the tray under the shelf outside the greenhouse, & cover with newspaper for a day or two. After that I think they will do, keeping them moist if the weather is dry. Your Pa is getting hosts of curiosities. Today we found 4 or 5 species of willows from ¼ inch to 2 inches high, & other rarities.
Tomorrow we walk up to the Grusich Hospice sending our luggage by post. Next day to Meiringen for 2 days, then if your Pa does not want to come back to Wengen for 4 or 5 days to the hotel where Violet stayed.
We are getting on very well so far. In haste for post and dinner.
Your ever affectionate | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. ‘(July 1895)’ has been written in pencil in another hand.
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