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Record number: WCP9

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to William Greenell [ARW's son] Wallace [none given] on 25 January 1891.

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


Re. an enclosure (not present); house alterations; the Buxton family; suggestion William join Institute of Electrical Engineers; Mr Cockerell collecting shells; William's sister Violet's postal address.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/1/9
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
23/01/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Parkstone, Dorset

Jan[uar]y. 25th. 1891

My dear Will

The frost is now gone but still we have no water the water being stuck -- but I have asked the Water Co. to send a man tomorrow so hope we shall have some & then see if any pipes are burst. The barge boarding is put up & I believe Charles is coming tomorrow to do the tiling, & finish up odds & ends.

A new plumber came on Thursday but he has not nearly finished in the Bathroom yet. The glass came [[2]] last week. & is now put into the swing door & I think looks handsome. Also the Bath room window. Porch door not made yet. Stairs not begun, gas & bells not finished, -- so we shall be another month, I expect, before we get the men out of the house, and two months before they have quite finished outside.

It is a pity you did not enquire for Mrs. & Mr. Burton at the fète & introduce yourself as then you would be invited to other affairs. He is one of the berderers of Epping Forest & a big landlord I [[3]] believe.

I have written to Mr. Cole to take your name off the Essex F. Club1., -- & you had better join the Institute of Elect[rical]. Engineers at once. The enclosed came to me days ago.

You did not enclose your Coin cab[inet]. key, -- but it does not matter as I will keep anything old to be examined when you come.

Mr. Cockerell went back last Friday week. He collected lots of shells. I hope your knee is [[4]] all right. If not get a little Tincture of Armica at a chemists & bathe it well night & morning with about ½ teaspoon in pure glass of water. It is most useful for all bruises, & if used at once will cure quickly.

Let us know what is going on fresh at the College, whether you have begun any higher mathematics etc. etc.

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Violet[]s address.

11, Norland Place

Uxbridge Road

London. W.


1. The Essex Field Club. It was founded in January 1880 to promote the study of the Natural History, Geology and pre-historic Archaeology of the County of Essex.

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