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Record number: WCP10

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace
22 February 1891

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 22 February 1891.

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


Re. house alterations; health of Mr Sharpe.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/10
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
23/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

Feb[ruar]y. 22nd. 1891

My dear Will

At last the stairs are finished but only yesterday, as it took another whole week to finish up all the nosings & mouldings, and fittings where the old stairs were taken away & odd bits of skirting, & the balusters and handrails, till I thought it would never be done.

The whitewasher has been at work & has whitewashed your ceiling & the hall passages & kitchen, -- & Charles has been here again adding the little [[2]] bit of tiling under the new stairs. They have put up part of the frame of the greenhouse, but the painters are away doing some outdoor work this fine weather & so our bath room is not finished staining & varnishing, but the water seems to work all right at least & we have hot water in kitchen bath and lavatory basin.

I have moved the water heater into the Greenhouse, & have laid the pipes in the garden so that they can be emptied in winter. Have now 5 taps in the garden where I can connect the hose. [[3]] The ventilating pipes from the drains are now taken up to the roofs so that I hope we shall be free from swells.

The stairs are a great improvement as the old ones and to give the final touch I have ordered a hundred to be fixed to the wall so that persons can keep their hands on all the way down. That will be put up I expect this week.

Mr. Sharpe is a trifle better but is not out of bed yet.

One more little improvement has been done, the hearth [[4]] in the study has been tiled so that as soon as we shift the furniture etc. I shall get a new fender and show a nice hearth. We went to the factory at Poole & choose the pattern. They have an immense stock of all sorts -- mostly ugly. That exhausts the news this week.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

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