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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Lester Frank Ward
7 June 1894

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Lester Frank Ward [none given] on 7 June 1894.

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06 February 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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Stern, Bernhard J. (1935). Letters of Alfred Russel Wallace to Lester F. Ward. The Scientific Monthly, 40: 375-379. [p. 379]

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[[1]]1 [p. 379]

Parkstone, Dorset, June 7, 1894

I am glad to hear you are coming to England. I shall not be at Oxford myself as I have long given up attending the Association, but I shall hope to see you here, either before or afterwards, & shall be glad to give you a bed for a few days & accompany you to Weymouth & Portland. You will probably meet Carruthers of the Nat. Hist. Museum, who, if I mistake not, has also studied the Cycads, & no doubt they have a fine collection at South Kensington. I have no doubt Mr. Mensell-Pleydell--a good local botanist & geologist, author of the "Flora of Dorsetshire"--would accompany us to Portland & shew you the best localities for the plant-remains. At Portland there are fine specimens of trunks 20 feet long & more outside some of the houses, and I dare say there are some good private collections, & also at the Dorchester Museum.

We are here moving on rapidly towards Socialism, more so, I think, than you in America. The majority of our more intelligent workers are socialists, but of a reasonable type, who never even think of force, but of educating their fellow-workers & then carrying out their own ideas & principles by the majority they will some day have in Parliament.

Please let me know when to expect you. There are trains from Oxford here.


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Fourth of five letters from Wallace to Ward sent over an eleven year period, which were published in a note by Bernhard J. Stern printed in the April 1935 issue of The Scientific Monthly.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith’s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S710.htm

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