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Record number: WCP2599

Sent by:
J. Clegg Wright
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
31 August 1893

Sent by J. Clegg Wright, Fairmount Ave, Fairmount, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 31 August 1893.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2599.2489)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46439 ff. 269-270
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the J. Clegg Wright Literary Estate.

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Fairmount Ave


Cincinnati Ohio.

Aug[ust] 31st 1893,

Alfred R Wallace L. S. D.[?]

Dear Sir,

Permit me to thank you for your very valuable paper read at the Psychical Congress2, held at Chicago last week.

This is a great service to the Cause of Spiritualism you have rendered in writing this paper. It is honest, manly. -- A piece [[2]]3 of work equal to any you have ever done, & that is saying a great deal. I wish you long life & happiness.

I have been a public speaker in the Trance State for 18 years. The idea of "a Subconscious Ego". speaking through me[.] I have found that a scientist can make an ass of himself as readily as any other man.

Yours sincerely | J Clegg Wright4 [signature]


1. Page numbered 269 in pencil in top RH corner. "J. Clegg Wright" is written in pencil at top centre of the page.

2. Notes on the Growth of Opinion as to Obscure Psychical Phenomena During the Last Fifty Years. A short essay ARW communicated to the Psychical Congress held in Chicago in August 1893. This paper became one of ARW's most reprinted works during his own lifetime, and was later integrated into the Preface of the third edition of Miracles and Modern Spiritualism in 1896.

3. Page numbered 270 in pencil in top RH corner and numbered "2" by the author at top centre of page.

4. Wright, J Clegg (no dates available). A popular American trance medium who wrote or received "by Spirit control" a number of works including Wright, J. C. (1902) Body and Soul: A Course of Lectures Delivered in the Trance State, J. C. Wright, Amelia, Ohio.

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