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Record number: WCP420

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
[ 22 ] [July] [1900]

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Derby House, Hailsham Road, Heathfield to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) [address not recorded] on [22] [July] [1900].

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.


Re. search for house and land [with Mr Swinton], nearby Mayfield prettier and less built on; have seen an ideal farm with barns and orchards, have contacted agent; can visit area again in daughter Violet's holidays if farm lost.

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LETTER (WCP420.420)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/4/14
Copyright owner:
©A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Derby House

Hailsham Road


Saturday Evening

My dear Annie1

Thanks for shirt & letters. This place & country round is not specially nice & is being spoilt by overbuilding and by systematic robbery of all the roadside strips. Today we have been a drive round to Mayfield, & that is quite different, much more picturesque hardly at all built over, really better views, and a delightful old-fashioned village. But what is more curious we have seen a farm which more nearly [[2]] supplies what I have been looking for than any I have seen around Heathfield. And although Mr. Swinton2 declares the air of Healthfield to be better -- how he knows no one can say -- even he admits that this farm is better & cheaper for our purpose than any we have seen. The house is only a long range of barn & stables nearly new, which could be converted into a large & comfortable house with a charming view down [[3]] a valley to the east, with a tiny stream & a wooded bank with primroses &c.

There are also 2 good well grown orchards, which we have found nowhere else, and the farmer's wife who is now leaving says they produce abundance of fruit & are the best part of the farm. They are leaving at Michaelmas, & she thinks it is let to another person but we have telegraphed to the agent & shall probably hear on Monday. Even [[4]] if it is gone there is another house near to be had, & the place is not yet boomed[?] by builders, & if we come & stay there a week after Violet3 comes home we are almost sure to find something, & the subjects for sketches are innumerable.

You need not send any more papers or letters after you get this. I will wire when I have decided what day I come home.

Your ever affectionate | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Annie Wallace (1848-1914), nee Mitten, wife of Alfred Russel Wallace.

2. A. C. Swinton (d. 1905), Alfred Russel Wallace's friend and land nationalizer.

3. Violet Isabel Wallace (1869-1945), daughter of Alfred Russel Wallace.

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