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Transcriber: Tannock, Wendy
Transcription date: March 10, 2015
Scrutiny: 10/03/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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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 [] 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 [] 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 [] 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 [] 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 eighties, & the chance or hope of a chat with you adds to the attractions of England. -- I []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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