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Record number: WCP4763

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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Benjamin Samuels
27 September 1896

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Henry Benjamin Samuels 29 Gresby Road, London, N.W. on 27 September 1896.

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09 October 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4763.5130)

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Mark Samuels
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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Sept[embe]r 27th. 1896

H. B. Samuels Esq.1

Dear Sir

I do not intend writing again to the "Echo" on Spiritualism, but as you think the facts about the "Seybert Commission"2 are of importance to the cause of truth, I will, if you like, lend you my copy of General Lippitt’s Answer3, giving proofs of their unfairness & errors, with some MSS. notes of my own confirming his statements. Mr. S. Laing4 sent me his book with the Chapter on Spiritualism from which you quote, & I wrote telling him that [[2]] he had made many errors & misstatements & that it was most unscientific of him to write on a subject of which he professedly knew almost nothing. His statements are of about as much value of those as P.A.S. (in Echo)[.]

If you will promise to return me Mr Le Gen[eral] Lippitt’s in a week or two, I shall be happy to [[3]] send it you.

I am glad you are interested in Social subjects and hope you are a Socialist, as I am. For most people this is a far more important object of study & work than Spiritualism, -- but not for all.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. H.B.Samuels. Socialist and sometime acting editor of the Commonweal. Established in 1885, the journal promoted the ideas of the newly formed Socialist League.

2. The Seybert Commission was based at the University of Pennsylvania. In examining a number of respected spiritualist mediums during 1884-1887, they uncovered fraud or suspected fraud in every case they investigated.

3. Francis J. Lippitt (1812 - 1902). American lawyer and soldier. He became interested in spiritualism and wrote Physical Proofs of Another Life (1888).

4. Samuel Laing (1812 - 1897). British railway administrator, politician and influential writer on science and religion.

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