Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Frith Hall, Godalming to Lester Frank Ward [none given] on 24 December 1887.
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Transcriber: Hansman, Emily
Transcription date: July 12, 2013
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Frith Hill, Godalming
Dec.[embe]r 24th 1887
Prof. Lester F. Ward1
Dear Mr. Ward
Thank you very much for sending me a copy of your valuable work on "Social Dynamics". I have spoken of it to several friends here & have lent it to one of the masters of Charterhouse School, who is much pleased with many parts of it. Your excellent account of the Philosophy of H. Spencer2 & of Comte3 is greatly admired.
I am much pleased that [] Mrs. Ward should have read my "Island Life" & been interested in it. I think she would find my "Tropical Nature" more generally interesting.
I should have much have liked to have seen "High Island" in May & June but the fates forbade. Your spring is so dreadfully long coming! We have had no snow yet & very little frost, & my garden is full of young plants coming up ready for spring, Narcissi, Snowdrops, [] Anemones, White Lilies, &c. while two or three species of Helleborus which we call Christmas roses, are in flower. Thus the interest in our gardens never ceases & every month in the year can afford some few out of door flowers. In this respect only California & Florida can equal us. Hoping to receive the promised seeds and plants next summer.
I remain | Yours very faithfully | Alfred Russel Wallace [signature]
1. Lester F. Ward (1841-1913), botanist and sociologist
2. Auguste Comte (1798-1857), French philosopher, considered founder of the discipline of sociology
3. Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, and sociologist
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