Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset to Edward Bagnall Poulton Wykeham House, Banbury Road, Oxford on 28 May 1912.
On Bergson's ideas and his own.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 4
Transcriber: Lord, Annette
Transcription date: July 19, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
May 28th. 1912
My dear Poulton
Thanks for your paper on Darwin & Bergson. I have read nothing of Bergson’s, 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 [] 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 [] 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 []1 imperfect & his conclusions often completely wrong!
Yours very truly Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. This is actually the verso of the first sheet of the letter.
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