Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] to F. J. Bennett, [West Malling] on 5 April 1899.
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Pages with text: 1
Letter by A.R. Wallace to F. J. Bennett copied out in hand of Benjamin Harrison.
Transcriber: Catchpole, Caroline
Transcription date: February 28, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
A. Russell[sic] Wallace Ap 5 ‘991
to Mr Bennett
Excuse P[ost].Card as I am very busy. I am glad to see you have written an Ightham and hope it will sell fairly well. I am not interested in the new theology or in any theology. I passed all that long ago. inasmuch as it presupposes a knowledge of God it is all vanity and vexation of the spirit. I agree with H.S. that the first cause is necessarily unknowable, even unthinkable.
Yours | A.R. Wallace
1. This could indicate date [April 5th 1899], however Wallace didn’t move into Old Orchard in Dorset until December 1902. Harrison may have got confused with Wallace’s first property in Dorset, Corfe View at Parkstone, which he lived in from June 1889 until 1902, which would correlate with the date Harrison has written
2. Letter has been copied by Benjamin Harrison into one of his personal notebooks which is now volume 25 in the Benjamin Harrison archive held by Maidstone Museum.
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