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Record number: WCP11

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 8 March 1891.

Record created:
01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
24/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Re. house alterations; rules for viewing reptiles; refers to enclosed card (not present).

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/11
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
24/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

March 8th. 1891

My dear Will

At length the carpenter & plumber have retired, and we are left with the painters & layers to be followed by the paperlayers, -- and then the floor-cloth layers, and the illustrious Rogers to to fit blinds & curtain holes & then we can put down our new carpets & move our furniture, and, get straight! Now if we allow a week for each of these operations which seems probable we can [[2]] hardly be quite straight till April 1st.

The woodwork of the greenhouse is finished but it has to be glosed & painted two coats more, & as there are 22 sashes in it besides a door and an end it will of course take more time. Yesterday Mrs. Swans of Witley came to Bournemouth & sent me a lot of plants for the greenhouse which I was all day potting & have to keep them in the breakfast room till the Greenhouse is ready.

I do not know when the reptiles are fed or what are the rules [[3]] for seeing them. I believe it is once a week only & I think Friday or Saturday afternoon. I enclose a card which will probably admit you, but the best way will be for you to go first & make enquiries, & then if any other forms or ceremonies are required we can sit upon the former & stand on the latter, as the law directs.

So no more at present from your affectionate Pa | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]

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