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Record number: WCP4849

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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Edwin Anson ("Edwin") Markham
24 April 1913

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Charles Edwin Anson ("Edwin") Markham [none given] on 24 April 1913.

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13 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4849.5248)

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

Held by:
Horrmann Library, Wagner College
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Markham Manuscript Collection
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



April 24th. 1913

Dear Mr. Markham

I am much pleased and interested to hear of your great work on the writings of T. L. Harris.

I have myself read nothing but his poems, especially his "Lyric of the Golden Age", which I obtained nearly 20 years ago, and from which I took "mottoes" for several of my chapters in the 1st. ed. of my Wonderful Century. This poem contains some of the finest philosophical and moral teaching and the versification & [[2]] and rhythm are often magnificent. He is the one poet who in the harmonious and expressive use of words and nobility of ideas equals and sometimes even equals surpasses Shakespeare.I have since obtained his "Epic of the Starry Heavens", "Lyric of the Morning Land", "The Great Republic", and "Regina"—all full of the most exquisite verse and original ideas and teachings.

I have been much interested in finding that I have arrived independently at some conclusions he had already stated in these poems—especially that of diversity, as one of the great [[3]] purposes of the [illeg] Universe both material and mental. But in other cases he, like Swedenburgh [sic], appears to be opposed to my conclusions as to the non-habitability of any other planet of the Solar System than our earth by human beings, but that I think is because he did not clearly distinguish between men and spirits.

I shall be greatly interested to see how you treat so vast a subject. I have not found time to read half the books I have.

I now send you my last book dealing, very briefly, with a great subject—"Moral Progress"2.

One of the teachings of Spiritualism which Harris enforces, and which the churches ignore is the perpetuity [[4]] the refined part of the sexual relation—especially the unity of the two as complimentary, forming the one perfect being.

I must ask you to excuse me from writing anything as an introduction to the new edition of your poems. Not only do I know nothing of "Poetry" as an art or a science—but I am now a chronic invalid, and cannot keep up with my ever- increasing correspondence; & the little strength I have left I must preserve to in order to try and complete a "Social"3 book I am now engaged on.

Believe me | Yours very sincerely & admiringly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Written vertically in the left-hand margin "2nd Ed. Chap. XXII-XXIII. Appendix "

2. Alfred Russel Wallace, Social Environment and Moral Progress (London: Cassell and Company, 1913).

3. Presumably, Alfred Russel Wallace, The Revolt of Democracy (London: Cassell and Company, 1913).

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