Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, NW to Charles Lyell [none given] on .
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Szentgyorgyi, Katherine
Transcription date: November 29, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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9, St Mark’s Crescent, N.W.
Dear Sir Charles1
I am sorry I was out when you called. I send, over leaf, a note of the number of hours I was occupied at your work.
What a clever simile that is of Huxley2’s in the "Academy", of the Death watch in the kitchen clock. I should like to ask him if he thinks there was an intelligence who could and did foresee the state of the British Fauna in 1869 when the Solar system was a "cosmic vapour"; -- and if it is not as legitimate to reason from our intelligence to a preexisting3 [] intelligence, as from the existing material universe to a "cosmic vapour".
Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet (1797 - 1875), British lawyer and geologist
2. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825 - 1895), English biologist
3. Text in unknown hand reads "47" at the bottom right of the page
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