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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edward Bagnall Poulton
On:
28 May 1912

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Edward Bagnall Poulton Wykeham House, Banbury Road, Oxford on 28 May 1912.

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19 July 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline

Summary

On Bergson's ideas and his own.

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  • letter (1)
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LETTER (WCP4454.4758)

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

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Hope Entomological Library, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Finding number:
ARW 107
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]]

Old Orchard,

Broadstone,

Dorset.

May 28th. 1912

My dear Poulton

Thanks for your paper on Darwin & Bergson. I have read nothing of Bergsons, and although he evidently has much in common with my own idea views, yet all vague ideas -- like "an internal development force" -- seem to me of no real value as an explanation of nature.

I claim to have shown the necessity of an ever-present mind [[2]] as the primal cause both of all physical & biological evolution. This mind works by & through the primal forces of nature, -- by means of "natural selection" in the world of Life; and I do not think I could read a book which rejects this method in favour of a vague "law of "sympathy"["]. He might as well reject "gravitation", electrical [[3]] repulsion &c. &c. as explaining the motions of cosmical bodies.

My long attack of "Eczema", & my ever increasing correspondence makes it impossible for me to do anything or leave home.

I think you speak rather too favourably of Fabre. It seems to me that the Peckhams have shown that his observations are [[4]]1 imperfect & his conclusions often completely wrong!

Excuse brevity.

Yours very truly Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

ENDNOTES

1. This is actually the verso of the first sheet of the letter.

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