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Record number: WCP2544

Sent by:
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
[not recorded]

Sent by Thomas Henry Huxley, [address not recorded] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on  .

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2544.2434)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46439 ff. 10-11
Copyright owner:
ŠImperial College London

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My dear Wallace

Many thanks for your book. I am neither shocked nor disposed to issue a commission of lunacy against you. It may be all true for anything I know to the contrary [[2]] but I really cannot get up any interest in the subject.

I never cared for gossip in my life; and disembodied gossip such as these worthy ghosts supply their friends with, is not more interesting to me [[3]] than any other.

As for investigating the matter. I have half a dozen investigations of infinitely greater interest to me -- to which any spare time I may have will be devoted.

I give it up for the same reason I abstain from [[4]] chess -- its too amusing to be fair work and too hard work to be amusing.

Ever Yours faithfully | T.H. Huxley [signature]

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