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Record number: WCP3290

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? David Alec Wilson
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
28 October 1910

Sent by ?David Alec Wilson, Toungoo, Burma [Myanmar] to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 28 October 1910.

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LETTER (WCP3290.3258)

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

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British Library, The
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BL Add. 46442 ff. 102-105
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Copyright of the David Alec Wilson Literary Estate.

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Dear Mr Dr Wallace,

I am much obliged to you, and do sincerely feel honoured by your letter and particularly glad to learn you are still actively engaged.

A Glasgow bookseller, who is now publishing for me a monograph on William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)1 is to send you a copy, as you [[2]] might be interested in a popular, Boewellian and thorough--going repence of his scientific "heresy" of a Living Universe.

I have a theory about that habit of the big cats you noticed , -- namely, that they sometimes make use of their ability to carry away game unscratched [[3]] in order to escape immediate detection, either by men, in the case of domestic beasts, or by the boars or big wild cattle it they fears. A tiger might have a chance at their young in that way.-- But I could never sufficiently verify this theory to feel confident about it and so never mentioned it.

One of the sad things about my anecdotes is that many [[4]] of those I meant to please by them are dead. All the more welcome in compensation is the fact that a man like you has seen and liked them.

I retire from my present trade (Indian civil service, -- sessions judge) before the end of 1911; and am sure [[5]] we'll find many points of agreement, and differ rather in details than in principles. I had an instructive talk with Henry George2 in the [18]eighties, & the chance or hope of a chat with you adds to the attractions of England. -- I [[6]]went out of my way once for the purpose of meeting you some years ago; but the friend who was to find a way to introduce me reported you were too ill.

With best wishes & renewed thanks, | believe me | Sincerely yours | David Wilson [signature]


1.William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) (1824-1907).Physicist and engineer, one of the founders of modern physics.

2. Henry George (1939-1887). American writer, politician.and political economist and social reformer.

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