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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
John Hampden
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15 January 1870

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark?s Crescent, Regent?s Park, NW to John Hampden [none given] on 15 January 1870.

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04 February 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline

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Hampden, John. (1870). Is Water Level Or Convex After All? The Bedford Canal Swindle Detected & Exposed, Etc. [With Reference to the Controversy Between John Hampden and Alfred Russel Wallace.].. Alfred Bull. 1-17. [p. 14]

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[[1]]1 [p. 14]

The following are true copies of Mr. Wallace's Letters to Mr. H.:--

"9, St. Mark's Cresent, Regent's Park, London, N.W.

"J. Hampden, Esq.

"January 15th, 1870.

"Sir,--As I presume by your offer in "Scientific Opinion" of January 12th, that you can afford to pay £500 to have the question of the actual rotundity of the Earth proved to your satisfaction, I hereby offer to stake that sum on the undertaking to show visibly, and to measure in feet and inches the convexity of a canal or lake. A canal will do if you can find one which is nearly straight for four miles without locks, if not, I propose Bala Lake, in North Wales as a place admirably suited for the experiment. As an intelligent referee I propose the Editor either of "Scientific Opinion," "The Field," or "Land and Water," or any well-known Land Surveyor, or Civil Engineer, or any fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

"I remain Sir, yours very faithfully,

"ALFRED R. WALLACE, F.R.G.S."

ENDNOTES

1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A set of eight letters from Wallace to flat-earther John Hampden, concerning the Bedford Canal experiment. Also included is their Memorandum of Agreement. These constituted the last several pages of a pamphlet by Hampden (?) entitled Is Water Level or Convex After All

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This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith’s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S179AA.htm

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