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Record number: WCP1

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
9 June 1889

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 9 June 1889.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
01/12/2011 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Re: New house at Parkstone, Dorset; marking examination papers; packing fossils and birds eggs; spiritualism.

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A typical letter handwritten by author in English.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/1
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
01/12/2011 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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June 9th 1889

My dear Willie

We shall be glad to see you on Friday next. I send you 2/6. If you walk over you can save it for other purposes. As soon as I get the letter I will write to the Doctor. Last Tuesday I went to Parkstone to meet the landlord & see the alterations in the house. He is doing it very nicely & I think it will be a very snug little place with enough garden for us & very pretty country near. It is not only a tiled roof but it is one of the prettiest & best built little houses [[2]] I ever saw. I do not think there is one in Godalming so pretty. Your letter about the medium was very interesting. Just the same time Mr. Sharpe found out a boy at Charterhouse who is a spiritualist & takes in "Light". He is a grandson of the Duke of Argyll. Have just this morning finished my last Ex.m [examination] papers. We have had a few good answers but not many. You will see them when you come. We shall move, probably, the end of [[3]]1 next week. I have emptied the old cabinet, packed all the flints & good fossils in a small box, & all your birds Eggs[?] carefully in small boxes [MS illeg.] & wool[?] & these in [part of MS missing] [[4]]2 look nice & comfortable.

Ma is pretty well. Violet is not coming home again till the holidays as she had her [illeg.]eat at Burrells party, & has to [remainder of MS missing]


1. Page 3 is damaged and the text is transcribed from the surviving fragment.

2. Page 4 is damaged and the text is transcribed from the surviving fragment, there is no signature.

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