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Record number: WCP7

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
14 December 1890

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 14 December 1890.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
23/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Re. house alterations; proposed visit to Alfred Russel Wallace with sister Violet; Maudesley; "Life of Nasmyth".

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/7
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
23/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

Dec[ember]. 14th. 1890

My dear Willie

I suppose you are enjoying the frost which is killing all my rare plants, freezing the meter, and stopping all outdoor work.

This week, just past, two plasterers & two labourers have been at work till 10 oclock at night & have finished all the plastering. The windows are all in; -- both not the doors, & some of the skirting and a bit of the floor is still unfinished. Yesterday Charles finished paving the down stairs passage & larder with tiles. Tomorrow we are promised to have the [[2]] new kitchen door, & the hot water man to remove the kitchen range put in the new hot-water boiler & cistern, & fit it in the new kitchen. That will take at least two days and as they never yet have done anything the day promised it will probably be Wednesday or perhaps Thursday before it is finished, and even then the old kitchen may not be fit to use for a dining room. Nothing is done to the balcony yet both the roof & floor, and as that does not affect the inside of the house it will [[3]] probably be left till the last.

Even the roof over the new drawing room is not finished tiling, a good bit being closed up with sacks. It has been delayed for the new barge boarding & the carpenters have all been at work getting the doors & windows ready for the other rooms. There will therefore be plenty for you to see done when you come home.

I hope you will come on Friday, with Violet, as she has a bad cough & you must see that she keeps warm and comfortable.

There is no such man as "Morgeley". It is "Maudesley." Nasnyth[?] asked to be taken as an "improver", & sent some models made by himself and they were so first-rate that they took him as a first class workman & afterwards as a foreman or superintendent. He was never partner, but left them to set up for himself. That is in his "life" which I have read. You never told us about the "row" with the Primrose Dance. That will be a good Xmas story for you to tell us. Dont drown yourself under the ice before you come home. Ma is a little better, but not yet first rate.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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