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Record number: WCP3018

Sent by:
George Henry Lewes
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
[not recorded]

Sent by George Henry Lewes, The Priory, 21 North Bank, Regent's Park to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on  .

Record created:
30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3018.2986)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46439 ff. 423-424
Copyright owner:
©Jonathan Garnault Ouvry

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The Priory

North Bank

Regents Park


Dear Sir,

If Prof[essor]. Wheatstone used reason to believe in this capricious force which acts in defiance of all known laws, and with strange caprice only act in the houses of a very few people or in the presence of a very few, the last will be one of which believes my findings be proved. Though I must say that the circumstance behind you particularly call my attention [[2]] seems to point to a quite different conclusion. If the phenomenon ceased when the prof. entered the room, & even resumed when his head was turned, this would lead most people to suspect that the medium was afraid of being detected, not that the force was coquettish.

However as we both agree it is entirely a question of substance. You believe there is evidence to maintain your conclusion. [[3]] I have not only failed to get any evidence for such a conclusion but have had abundent evidence of delusion & inportance in specific cases to make me very suspicious of one or the other in all cases.

If Wheatstone has seen tables and chairs moving “absolutely untouched” it is of such importance that he is famed as a man of reason to have any amount of evidence in the cause & to come forward and not only testify himself but [[4]] assist them in the systemic mystification of ramification and reach of such a force. Until the force can be questioned in the same way as all other forces are philosophers may be excused if they decline it negatively.

Yours truly | GH Lewes [signature]1


1. Written at the bottom of the page in an unknown hand is "I am going out of town tomorrow morning".

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