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Record number: WCP418

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
28 September 1897

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) [address not recorded] on 28 September 1897.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. visits from Mr Murray the spiritualist and Mrs Sconce, news that General Minchin, a chess player, to live nearby; visit to Poole library; gardening supplies; sent off to Mr Casson for Mrs D'Orsay; repairs to kitchen; delivery of Cooperative coal; new [visiting] cards; receipt of a letter from Rudyard Kipling expressing hope he can visit one day; Mr Linton's thanks to Alfred Russel Wallace and Mitten for [specimen of] grass.

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LETTER (WCP418.418)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/12
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset

Sept.[embe]r 28th 1897

My dear Annie1

I send your knife & a letter. There is no particular news. On Sunday Mr. Murray the spiritualist called & had 3 cups of tea &c. & in the middle of our talk Mrs. Sconce! & another lady called, & I had to go up to them. Mrs. S. came to tell me - and did tell me at least half a dozen times -- that General Minchin2 had come to live here (at Inglewood) for the written & perhaps permanently  & that he was a chess player, brother to the great Minchin of Bournemouth, & she was sure I would like to know [[2]] him, & that Mrs. Minchin was very nice, & that they were of very good family -- &c. &c. &c. &c. &c. &c. &c...Luckily in about a quarter of an hour she went, & I was again at peace!

Yesterday I went to Poole to see a book in the library, & bought some trellis. In the evening I went to Bournemouth & got a case of the last sessions & sent off to Mr. Casson for Mrs. D’Orsay, -- who, though "just working people" as Will3 says, have such an aristocratic name that no doubt they are also of "good family".

[[3]] To day the man comes to repair kitchener. I have got in my 6 tons of Cooperative coal4 which seems very good. I enclose sample of my new cards. This morning I have a letter from Rudyard Kipling5, -- says he hopes to call some day -- & thats the sum total of the news.

Tell your Pa that Mr. Linton called for the grass on Saturday afternoon when I was out, but left word that he was very much obliged to us both for it!

Love to all.

Your ever affectionate | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


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

2. Mr. George M. Minchin, (1845-1914)

3. William Greenell, ARW’s son, (1871 - 1951)

4. The Co-operative Coal Federation Limited, founded 1891

5. Joseph Rudyard Kipling, (1865 - 1936), English author, most famous for The Jungle Book

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