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Record number: WCP15

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 13 October 1891.

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


Wallace writes of visit to Corfe with Ma, Grandma and Grandpa (Alfred Russel Wallace's wife and parents); suicide of Mrs Monk; reading of "Ivanhoe".

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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 WP1/1/15
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
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24/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

Oct 13th. 1891

My dear Will

Thanks for your unusually interesting letter. This is the Professors salaries that cost the money. Grandpa & Ma returned on Saturday. We went one day to Corfe by rail -- Grandma staid [sic] in the vill[age?]. which we went after Gentians & found a Col. Then on Friday I took Grandpa to Christchurch & we visited the young nurseryroom & had a long jaw with him, -- came back to Bournemouth & walked all through the gardens [[2]] while Ma & Grandma did Bournemouth by themselves. The bronze cucumber must be lonely!

I have only four Zoo. tickets left which I send you. Also two Sundays -- the others I had sent to Violet.

The Rain today has heat everything with wind!

There has been a dreadful event here. Poor Monks wife has drowned herself! And all for a mistake! She has a baby 2 months old, and last Wednesday night she woke up [[3]] and found the baby uncovered and cold. She thought it was dying or dead, & told Monk to go directly for the doctor. He dressed and went, & when he came back she was gone. But the baby was alive, only asleep. He was out looking for her for hours & at last found her dead in the little pond on the top of the hill above his house. There was an inquest on Friday. Temporary insanity. Poor Monk is [[4]] is dreadfully cut up. We made a small subscription for him. He must have been made -- not even to wait for this doctor. She had said that if the baby died she would kill herself, or it would kill her.

I read "Ivanhoe" after you were gone. It is very fine, though not quite so fine as I thought it when I read it before. There is lot of fighting in it, -- with Robin Hood & Friar Tuck etc. etc.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace -- [signature]

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