Letter (WCP209.209)


Parkstone, Dorset.

Feby. 10th. 1890

My dear Violet

I hope you have now quite recovered from your enjoyable attack of influenza and are getting ready for your lectures on Natural History to the infants. Neither you nor Willie1 have told us where you had tea on Saturday the 25th. — whether at the Mennell’s or Booles’, neither have you told me whether you received any congratulatory Telegrams, which I sent off at 4.30 in order that it might reach [2] you about 6, as I thought if it came in as you were all at Tea & just engaged in cutting the cake it might cause a little excitement. Neither have you told us whether you wore your two rings on the eventful day, & whether anybody saw them, — so that we really know nothing of what took place as you do not even tell us whether it was Saturday or Sunday [3] when you cut the cake!

I am going to Sheffield on Thursday to lecture & then to Liverpool returning on Monday — & I believe I am going to London on the 26th. to give my Evidence before the Royal Commission2, — but it may be some other day.

There is no particular news here except poor Mr. Selfe having his window smashed in the night and £15 worth of rings &c. stolen. Two new visitors [4] have called Mrs.& Miss La Touche — rather nice they seemed. They live quite close. It is very cold now, east wind & frosty nights, so you must take care of yourself as a cold after an influenzza is often dangerous!

Your affectionate Papa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

D.C.L. LL.D. Sp[irituali]st Anti. Vacc[inato]r. L[and]. Nat[ionalisatione]r. &c. &c. &c.

Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951). Son of ARW.
The Royal Commission on Vaccinations, 1889-1896

Please cite as “WCP209,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 1 March 2024, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP209