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Record number: WCP3215

Sent by:
George Barlow
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
25 September 1903

Sent by George Barlow, 28 New Cavendish Street, Portland Place, W. to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 25 September 1903.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3215.3183)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46441 ff. 241-242
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the George Barlow Literary Estate.

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28, New Cavendish Street,

Portland Place, W.

Sept.[ember] 25/1903

Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your kind letter respecting my poems. I thought it very possible that some of them might interest you.

Your article in the Fortnightly for March on [[2]] "Man's Place in the Universe" made a profound impression on me. It seemed to me to suggest thoughts of the most immense and far-reaching significance. It is very probably that you are absolutely right in your idea. The counter-arguments of some of [[3]] the astronomers arrayed against you are very feeble.

I think you possibly did not see my two sonnets on your article. They appeared in the May Fortnightly. I enclose you a print of them. Perhaps, if not a trouble, you would kindly return it to me when read.

The chief difficulty in the [?] of the [[4]] full acceptance of your views appears to me to be, not an astronomical, but a spiritual and speculative one. If the dead still exist somewhere, in some form, there would never be room for them all on this planet. Does your thought suggest any answer to this difficulty?

I am, dear Sir, | Yours truly | George Barlow [signature]


1. Written in the same hand in the upper left corner: "I shall greatly welcome your book."

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