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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
1 January 1878

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [none given] on 1 January 1878.

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Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1906). Cuttings and comments: Alfred R. Wallace on "Isis Unveiled". The Annals and Magazine of Natural History including Zoology, Botany and Geology: 559. [p. 559]

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[[1]]1 [p. 559]

"Thoughts like the pollen of flowers, leave one brain and fasten to another."

A copy of her first great book having been sent by H.P.B. to Mr. Wallace, he wrote her the following appreciative letter, which doubtless he would not wish to change to any serious extent after the lapse of the intervening thirty years:--

Rosehill, Dorking, Surrey,

January 1st, 1878.

Dear Madam,

I return you many thanks for the handsome present of your two very handsome volumes. I have as yet only had time to read a chapter here and there. I am amazed at the vast amount of erudition displayed in them and the great interest of the topics on which they treat. Moreover, your command of all the refinements of our language is such that you need not fear criticism on that score. Your book will open up to many spiritualists a whole world of new ideas, and cannot fail to be of the greatest value in the enquiry which is now being so earnestly carried on.

I beg you to accept my carte de visite, which I regret is not a better one, and remain,

Dear Madam,

Yours with sincere respect,



1. Editor Charles H. Smiths Note: A short feature printed on page 559 of the April 1906 issue of The Theosophist (Adyar, India), drawing attention to an 1878 letter Wallace wrote to H. P. Blavatsky (founder of the modern Theosophy movement), concerning her celebrated book Isis Unveiled.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smiths The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S624.htm

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