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Record number: WCP416

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
9 August 1896

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) Pension Edelweiss, Adelboden, Switzerland on 9 August 1896.

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


Re. her arrival at Adelboden and receipt of her letter and Violet's card; work in garden and orchid house, box of orchids expected from Singapore shortly, teaching Kate [housemaid] how to care for orchids in his absence; his tickets and luggage labels (for Switzerland) have arrived with list of party, including Mr Le Gallienne, a poet and alleged Socialist; will stay on arrival at Hotel Victoria Davos Platz; looks forward to going on to Adelboden.; Stamped letter addressed to Mrs Wallace, Pension Edelweiss, Adelboden Switzerland, postmarked on the front Parkstone 10 Aug 1896 and on the back Adelboden 12 Aug 1896, annotated in blue pencil [in Alfred Russel Wallace's or William Greenell Wallace's hand] ["Frumner"]

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LETTER (WCP416.416)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/10(2)
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

August 9th. 1896

My dear Annie

I was very glad to have Violets card and your letter telling me that you have all arrived safely and that Adelboden is all that it should be. I have been trying to get things straight in garden & orchid house since Will left, and the last 2 days have been coaching Kate in Orchid Culture which she seems to understand very well. To add to my troubles however I had a letter a few days back announcing a box of orchids from Singapore! which are expected to arrive in a week. So I have had to tell Kate how to treat these unfortunate infants [[2]] and to be sure to wash them quite clean & then put them to bed till I return by which time I hope they will have recovered the effects of the voyage.

I have had my tickets -- of very superior quality to the Polytechnic -- in a beautiful blue leather case, containing gorgeous luggage labels and among other documents a list of the party going. Seven others are going first class -- 3 gentlemen & 4 ladies. Among them is Mr. Le Gallienne, a minor poet, & I think a Socialist, so we shall no doubt get on. He lectures the evening before me on the [[3]] absurd topic -- "The Persecutions of Beauty" -- and that is in the scientific department!

Shaw Brothers have sent in a bill for bacon -- July 9th.-- Did you, I wonder, send the order without the 1/6 Postal Order? I think I told Violet that my address will be Hotel Victoria Davos Platz. I fear it will be an awful place, as there are, according to my Guide Book, 15 large Hotels and no ends of Pensions & furnished villas. It must be a perfect city. So I shall be glad to escape as soon as may be to the rural seclusion of Adelboden.

Yours very affectionately | Alfred [signature]

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