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Record number: WCP2673

Sent by:
Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
25 November 1889

Sent by Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland, [address not recorded] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 25 November 1889.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2673.2563)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 116-117
Copyright owner:
İGuy Acland

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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.

[[2]] 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.

[[3]] 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. [[4]] 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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