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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Samuel Birley ("Parallax") Rowbotham
26 July 1873

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Dell, Grays, Essex to Samuel Birley ("Parallax") Rowbotham [none given] on 26 July 1873.

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Anon. (1873). The challange: its acceptance, trial, and postponement. The Zetetic and Anti-Theorist: 41-47. [p. 42]

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[[1]]1 [p. 42]

The Dell, Grays, Essex,

July 26, 1873.

To "Parallax."

Sir,--I have sent yours of yesterday to Mr. Coulcher, and leave all arrangements to him.

As to any "collateral observations" you may please to make, I have no part in them, but only in the one experiment you yourself have put forward as conclusive. If it is conclusive, of course, no other or collateral experiment can be of the least value.

I remain, yours truly,



1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Some three years after the Bedford Canal "flat earth" experiment was carried out in 1870, it was proposed that the experiment be repeated, albeit with a certain difference of approach. Wallace was agreeable, but the arrangements became complicated and the effort bogged down. Related correspondence was published as part of a summary of the discussion in the August/September 1873 issue of The Zetetic and Anti-Theorist (a "cosmography" journal edited by one of the chief flat-earth proponents, known as "Parallax"). Some twenty-three letters were printed; following are Wallace's five contributions to the discussion, written over a period of about two weeks in July 1873.


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/S228A.htm

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