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Hampden, John & Wallace, Alfred Russel
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8 February 1870

Sent by Hampden, John & Wallace, Alfred Russel, [address not recorded] to [addressee not recorded] [address not recorded] on 8 February 1870.

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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. 17]

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[[1]]1 [p. 17]


"The undersigned having each deposited the sum of £500 in Messrs. Coutts' Bank, do hereby agree that if Mr. Alfred R. Wallace, on or before the 15th day of March, 1870, proves the convexity and curvature, to and fro, of the surface of any canal, river, or lake, by actual demonstration and measurement, to the satisfaction of Mr. John Henry Walsh, of 346, Strand, London, and Mr. William Carpenter, of 7, Carlton Terrace, Thornford Road, Lewisham Park, London (or, if they differ, to the satisfaction of the umpire they may appoint), the said Alfred R. Wallace is to receive the above mentioned two sums amounting to £1000, by cheques drawn by Mr. John Henry Walsh to his the said Alfred R. Wallace's order; and if the said Alfred R. Wallace fails to show such actual proof of the convexity of any canal, river, or lake, the above mentioned sums are to be paid in like manner to Mr. John Hampden. Provided always that if no decision can be arrived at, owing to the death of either of the parties, the wager is to be annulled; or if, owing to the weather being so bad as to prevent a man being distinctly seen by a good telescope at a distance of four miles, then a further period of one month is to be allowed for the experiment, or longer, as may be agreed upon by the referees.



"February 8th, 1870."


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


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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