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Record number: WCP4158

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Francis E. Abbott
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
27 April 1890

Sent by Francis E. Abbott, 6 Larch Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset] on 27 April 1890.

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02 April 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4158.4180)

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6 Larch Street, Cambridge, Mass[achusetts], U.S.A.

April 27. 1890.

Alfred R. Wallace, Esq[uire].

Dear Sir,

Please do me the honor to accept the accompanying little book of mine on "The Way out of Agnosticism1", and kindly to express your critical opinion of the new argument grounded solely on science and philosophy, which it presents in support of theism. Somehow I entertain a stronger hope of sympathy in this Endeavor mind you than I do from most scientific men often day; for you have shown [[2]] what seems to me a deeper insight than they into the indestructible nature of our great religious convictions. I hope to receive a number of such critical judgments from leading minds of our time, with a view & publication in a future edition of my book; and that must be my excuse for venturing to make this request. Ignoring wholly the traditional grounds, I make my appeal solely to the modern intelligence; and I hope my patiently worked out results will be found of lasting value.

Very respectfully yours | Francis E. Abbot.


1. Abbot, Francis Ellingwood, Ph.D. The Way out of Agnosticism or the Philosophy of Free Religion. Boston: 1890.

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