Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, NW to Charles Lyell [none given] on 1 October ?1869.
About corrections he is making on one of Lyell's books.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
A photocopy of original MS
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: February 25, 2013
Signed off: no
9, St. Marks’ Crescent
Dear Sir Charles
I have put all the new passages and abstracts I have made, together. They are all paged so that you will easily find where they come in. A good many smaller additions alterations & considerations are made by verbal alterations corrections in the letter press & by commissions of passages. The most important of the new passages is that on "Glacial origin of Lakes". I have endeavoured [] to put this as much as I could in your style, though no doubt it will require considerable alteration at your hands.
I have not done any polishing to the passages I have written, because they may require much alteration before being finally adopted.
Though I sh[oul]d not wish to see your book as [one word illegible] of Murray’s series, yet I should greatly wish to see it [] as much condensed and as cheap, so I hope you will not think of restoring too many of the passages we have agreed to strike out.
I shall now be at home all the Autumn & Winter as far as I know at present, & shall be able to call any morning you like to fix.
I am sending a very clever but strange book-- "Murphy’s Habit & Intelligence2". It contains [] some very acute criticisms on Darwin, Spencer &c. and a very novel theory of an unconscious intelligence in nature!
Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Sir C. Lyell, Bart.
1. The year of the letter is probably 1869. This has been ascertained by mention on the third page of a book Wallace is sending to Lyell, Murphy’s Habit & Intelligence. This book was first published in 1869 and Wallace moved out of 9 St. Mark's Crescent in March 1870.
2. Joseph John Murphy Habit & Intelligence in their connexion with the laws of matter and force: A series of scientific essays. Published by Macmillan and Co. in 1869.
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