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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Oliver Joseph Lodge
9 October 1913

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Oliver Joseph Lodge Mariemont, Edgbaston, Birmingham on 9 October 1913.

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21 October 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP1711.1593)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
SPR.MS 35/2737
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Oct[ober]. 9th 19132

Old Orchard,



Dear Sir Oliver Lodge

Owing to ill-health and other causes I have only now been able to finish the perusal of your intensely interesting and instructive Address to the British Association.

I cannot however refrain from writing to you to express my admiration of it, and especially of the first half of it, in which you discuss the almost infinite variety and complexity of the [[2]] physical problems involved in the great principle of "Continuity", in so clear a manner that outsiders like myself are able to some extent to apprehend them. I am especially pleased of to find that you uphold the actual existence and continuity of the "Ether" as scientifically established, and reject the doubts of some mathematicians as to the reality and perfect continuity of space and term time -– as unthinkable.

The latter part of the Address is even more important and is especially [[3]] notable for your clear and positive statements as to the evidence in all life -- processes of a "guiding" mind. I can hardly suppose that you can have found time to read my rather discursive and laboured partle[?] volume on "The World of Life", written mainly for the purpose of enforcing not only the proofs of a "guiding" but also of a "foreseeing" and "designing" mind by evidence which will be thought by most men of science to be unduly strained. It is therefore the more interesting to me [[4]] to find that you have yourself (on pp. 33-34 of your Address) used the very same form of analogical illustration as I have done (at p. 269 296 of The World of Life) under the heading of A Physiological Allegory -- as being a very close representation of what really occurs in nature.

To conclude -- your last paragraph rises to a height of grandeur and eloquence, to which I cannot attain, but which excite[sic] my highest admiration.

Should you have a separate copy to spare of your “Romanes Lecture” at Oxford, I should be glad to have it to refer to.

Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Text below the date reads "SPR.MS 35/27 37"

2. Text beside the date reads "aus", and is circled

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