A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: May 16, 2013
Signed off: no
Nov 25 1889
Dear Mr Wallace
I venture to send with diffidence the little paper of wh.[ich] I spoke to you last night.
My only excuse is that when one comes face to face with a name & person that is a Household word one either [remains] silent, or as I am afraid I did throws off all restraint as before a familiar friend.
[] The sole value of this paper in relation to bodily quality, is that 40 years ago a young Physician deeply impressed by the condition of our poor population, felt as deeply that material amelioration is not all-- that moral influences are however [one word illegible] as important.
[] I think so still-- just how it is I do not know more than I did in 1849, when the cholera was here-- now do I know how psychical influences alter the bodily frame. They do alter it and both are transmitted by some agency.
Pray forgive me. [] It is so that I could not help writing to speak with you--
I will read a once again Poulton’s1 & Weismann’s2 paper. Poulton is doing real good.
I am | dear Mr Wallace | faithfully [one word illegible] | Henry Acland3 [signature]
1. Sir Edward Bagnall Poulton, (27 January 1856 – 20 November 1943), British evolutionary biologist.
2. Friedrich Leopold August Weismann (17 January 1834 – 5 November 1914), German evolutionary biologist.
3. Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland, 1st Baronet, KCB (23 August 1815 – 16 October 1900), English physician and educator.
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