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Record number: WCP414

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
[ 13 ] July 1895

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Hotel du Sauvage, Meiringen, Switzerland to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset on [13] July 1895.

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


Re. walk with Annie's father (William Mitten) from Grimsel Hospice; visit to Reichenbach Falls and gorge of the Aar; sending a box of plants collected including a beech fern and some Asplenium septentrionale (fern); plans to go to Wengern and stay a week; Mitten collecting mosses; cost of postage of newspapers from England.; Also stamped envelope with printed illustration of Hotel du Sauvage and mountains, addressed to Mrs Wallace at Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset, postmarked on the front Meiringen 14 Jul 1895 and on the back Parkstone 16 Jul (1895).

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LETTER (WCP414.414)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/8(2)
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Hotel du Lauvage

Saturday Evening

My dear Annie1

We arrived here last even<ing> after a glorious walk down the valley from the Grimsel Hospice -- the grandest valley in Switzerland -- and with a slight adventure which I will tell you when I come home. I send now a box of plants I collected on the way down, & today during a walk to the Reichenbach Falls after going through the gorge of the Aar, which is really wonderful & well worth the franc to see it. I send a fine form of the beech fern and some of the little Asplenium septentrionale2, the only fern not common British which we saw.

We shall stay here over tomorrow, & then finish our co, & then I mean to take your Pa3 to Wengen & try & get into the Hotel Blumlisalp where Violet4 was, for a week, as I am [[2]] quite tired of the eternal packing up every night or every other night. Besides, we have twice nearly been without our baggage, & in danger of having no clothes to change or any other comforts.

Your Pa has mossed to his hearts content and has already got a huge bundle of plants about the size of a small fellow which he increases daily.

We have got four of the newspapers but have had to pay 1s extra on each because they are over 203. If you send any more please take off the advertisement page to make them under 203, and send them directed to me at the Post Office Wengen, Switzerland.

In haste, after a tiring day.

Your ever affectionate | Alfred R Wallace [signature]


1. ARW’s wife Annie Wallace (1846 - 1914)

2. A species of fern, commonly called ‘northern spleenwort’ or ‘forked spleenwort’

3. ARW’s father-in-law William Mitten (1819 - 1906)

4. ARW’s daughter Violet Isabel (1869 - 1945)

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