Letter (WCP297.297)


Parkstone, Dorset.

Nov[embe]r. 24th. 1897

My dear Violet1

I sent you a "Clarion"2 for the nice article on the "Pantheon"3 which I suppose you saw in Paris.

I do not think the Marshalls4 will come, but I will ask them. I have been dreadfully busy, & the days are now too short to do my work, as besides Orchids & letters, & newspapers & magazines &c. I have 12 Diagrams to draw out for Engraver (Antivaccination) except which can only be done in daylight. Ma5 is learning to tricycle & I want you to bring your bicycle & teach her that, so that she may know which she will really like best, & then I am going to buy her one. It will give her exercise with less fatigue & I am [2] sure will do her good. We have a fair lot of books now in, but may get another lot before ‘Xmas. You will perhaps be horrified to hear that I actually could not get on with your favorite Ian Maclaren’s Kate Carnegie!6 I read Brigadier Gerard7 as it came out & it was very good. I cannot get those old books again where ten to one you will not have time to read them. Very likely they may be had (some of them) from the Poole Library. The Sharpes have been home a long time. I sent you Will’s8 last Post-card. His address is Post Office, Denver, Col. U.S.A

We are expecting a letter on the way there soon. The cats are all right. Cats always are. They never want enquiring about till they get over [3] 12 years old.

General Dunn is building a fine new orchid house & is going in for them largely. Mr. Oakley has cause to live in Castle Eve also a Captain and a Colonel, the Captain half cracked from Sunstroke. We had an interviewer a week or two back for the "Bookman" — Also a Phrenological9 interviewer, who not only read my "nob", but read Nunquam’s10 photo., also Will’s & Mac’s, and Mr. Swinton’s,11without knowing the least who any of them were. All wonderful, considerablying the difficulty of detecting the minute details of form of head, on which character depends, from a photo. [4] You shall see them when you come. A fortnight back I received by parcel post from Plymouth a basket of orchids, & by soaking the Postage label off the luggage label I found "Burrel, Cabin". Last week I had a letter from him only saying he had brought me a few at Will’s request, but not a word about himself. So I wrote asking thanking him and asking for some account of his adventures, which I could send on to Will. At intervals I have been experimenting at the Argand candle12 but cannot get it right yet. If I had a mechanic to make the candle holder as I wanted it I could soon find out what was needed, but Cox has done it wrong, so I must get some other man. Kind regards to Eleanor. The sheet is filled, so farewell for the present hour.

Your affect[iona]te Pa | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Wallace, Violet Isabel (1869-1945). Daughter of ARW; teacher.
The Clarion was a weekly socialist newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1891 to 1934.
The Pantheon in Paris (completed in 1790) was built to outdo the churches of St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul’s in London.

Marshall, Emmanuel. (fl. 1860s). British spiritualist medium


Marshall, (née Brodie) Mary ("St. Claire") (1842-1884). British actress and spiritualist medium, wife of her cousin Emmanuel Marshall, niece and daughter-in-law of medium Mary Marshall, 1800-1875.

Wallace (née Mitten), Annie (1846-1914). British. Wife of ARW; daughter of William Mitten.
Maclaren, I. (1896). Kate Carnegie and those Ministers. Hodder and Stoughton.
Doyle, A, C. (1896) The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard George Newnes, Ltd. The story was originally serialised in the Strand Magazine between December, 1894 and December, 1895. It is not clear whether he was referring to the collected volume or the serialised articles.
Wallace, William Greenell (1871-1951). Son of ARW.
Phrenological science was the study of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits.
Blatchford, Robert Peel Glanville (1851-1943). British author and journalist. Blatchford published under the pseudonym of Nunquam.
Swinton, A. C. (fl. 1860-1905). British spiritualist and land nationalisation advocate.
A highly effective and efficient oil lamp invented by Aimé Argand in 1780.

Please cite as “WCP297,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 4 December 2023, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP297