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Record number: WCP1837

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Lyell
1 October ?1869

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, London, N.W. to Charles Lyell [none given] on 1 October ?1869.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


About corrections he is making on one of Lyell's books.

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LETTER (WCP1837.1727)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL RP 7777
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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9, St. Marks’ Crescent


Oct[obe]r. 1st.1

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 [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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 [[4]] 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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