Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 4 May 1893.
Regarding Mr Crooke's behaviour towards William; enclosing a letter from his sister Violet (not present); mentioning Mr Stead and (spirit?) writing.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Vongsachang, Hurnan
Transcription date: July 8, 2010
Scrutiny: 08/07/2011 - Chen, Eric; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
May 4th. 1893
My dear Will
It is certainly queer about Crookes -- after his letter! -- but I am sure he must have been greatly put out or worried about something, connected probably with the person he was expecting & who came while you were there. Who knows -- ? perhaps some mystery -- some tragedy! -- & it was absolutely necessary to get rid of you at once!! Don’t you see? Poor Mr. Crookes couldn’t help [] himself. He was obliged to get you out of the way immediately! Look at it in that light -- for the present. He was always cold & reserved, but I never knew him to be rude, & his letter showed that he didn’t intend to be, but circumstances were too strong for him!
I hope you may have better luck elsewhere. Keep us posted! No news here except hotter & hotter, & not a drop of rain. [] I send you Violet’s letter which shows all her doings. I am writing to her also & sending your letter, so you will both know all about it. You might try Mr. Stead’s plan of sitting down at some given hours & asking her to write through your hand!
Let us know further news in a day or two.
Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
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