Re. his tour in Switzerland and return journey, hoping her trip was as enjoyable; orchids and garden generally in good condition but orchids from Singapore mostly dead and smashed due to bad packing; belladonna lilies in beautiful flower, greenhouse a bower; news of Miss Armstrong, General and Miss Dunn, Mr Sharpe and the Jacombs; letter from son William; love to Violet and all the Mitten family.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Lang, Ben
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
August 29th. 1896
My dear Annie
I am terrifically busy, with orchids, sphagnums, alpines, sand, letters, papers, watering, writing, eating &c. &c. &c. so must be brief. After we parted at Berne we had a wonderful view of the Snowy mountains, a great range all snow! I hope you saw it as fine. Carriage through to Bale -- then trunk registered to London, & carriage through to Ostend -- Tuesday night wet, -- hope you had Wednesday fine -- at Ostend had been wet for a fortnight. Head wind & steamer late at Dover -- train slow, & missed my last train by 20 minutes staid at Waterloo Hotel very comfortable first-rate dinner & [] good bed. House at 1 -- had telegraphed twice to Kate. Orchids & garden all right -- Orchids from Singapore awful -- Three-quarters of them dead or smashed -- bad packing & sent in bad order. Miss Armstrong is here, but not seen her yet. Gen. & Miss Dunn away -- Belladonna lilies gorgeous -- your greenhouse a bower! A letter from Will dated Aug. 9th. -- must have come day after I left. Mr. Sharpe called yesterday just back from Devonshire. The Jacomb’s have left cards. Nobody else called. [] Write & let me know your adventures, & tell Violet to write when she gets back for what else wants from the garden, but it will be a week at least before I overtake arrears in garden & study. Give my love to Violet & all the Mittens.
Your ever affectionate | Alfred [signature]
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