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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Lester Frank Ward
24 December 1887

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Frith Hall, Godalming to Lester Frank Ward [none given] on 24 December 1887.

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02 February 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3785.3699)

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

Held by:
John Hay Library, Brown University
Finding number:
Ms. 90.23, Series I, Subseries E
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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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 [[2]] 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, [[3]] 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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