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Record number: WCP2523

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

Sent by Oliver Joseph Lodge, Mariemont, Edgbaston, Birmingham to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 17 October 1913.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2523.2413)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46438 f. 271
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Oliver Joseph Lodge Literary Estate.

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17 October 1913.

Dear Dr Wallace,

I heartily appreciate your kindness in writing to me about my B.A. Address, of which I believe I sent you a copy. I had no idea that I was using an illustration which you had already employed. There is often a good deal of this similarity of idea, which is not real plagiarism, and I am sure you would not for a moment think so. It is to me always interesting when the [[2]] same notion occurs to several minds who have arrived at it from somewhat different points of view.

I have pleasure in sending you, under separate cover, a copy of my Romanes Lecture at Oxford in 1903.

I have, as everyone has, a great admiration for your life and work. But I do not remember ever having seen your volume "The World of Life". I shall refer to it, and to the passage you indicate.

Meanwhile I thank you for writing, and am | Cordially & faithfully yours | Oliver J. Lodge [signature]


1. Written at the top left of the page is "Answ[ere]d [a]bout Lee's discovery".

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