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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, The Dell, Grays, Essex to Samuel Birley ("Parallax") Rowbotham [none given] on 29 July 1873.

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06 February 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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Anon. (1873). The challange: its acceptance, trial, and postponement. The Zetetic and Anti-Theorist: 41-47. [p. 43]

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[[1]]1 [p. 43]

The Dell, Grays, Essex,

July 29, 1873.

To "Parallax."

Sir,--Mr. C.'s address is "M. W. B. Coulcher, Esq., Surgeon, Downham." He will be engaged next week, being subpoened to the Norwich Assizes.

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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