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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Vaughan Jenkins
15 July 1888

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to Vaughan Jenkins [none given] on 15 July 1888.

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Anon. (1888). Correspondence. Nellie Morris. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 3(55): 312-318. [p. 315]

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[[1]]1,2 [p. 315]

Firth Hill, Godalming.

July 15th, 1888.

E. Vaughan Jenkins, Esq.

Dear Sir,--Mrs. Sidgwick is right from her point of view--that nothing is to be accepted that can possibly be explained away by imposture, however complicated and difficult. But she is not fair in passing over the evidence of facts, and especially the evidence of the genuineness of the mediums as opposed to the mere accusations and assertions against them. The best thing to be done is to adduce more facts proving the reality of the phenomena, and I have fortunately just received from General Lippitt copies of a pamphlet by him which does this admirably for one of the mediums concerned. As I feel sure it will interest you, I send it you by post, and you can return it to me at your leisure. A copy of the pamphlet was sent to Mr. Gurney, so most likely Mr. Myers and Mrs. Sidgwick will be able to see it. I am, however, doubtful whether they will admit either article. What they ought to do, if they want to put the evidence fairly before the members of the Society, would be to reprint the General's pamphlet entire, as it contains a mass of valuable facts, and shows besides how utterly untrustworthy are the reports of the Seybert Commission, which, in the last part of the Proceedings, Mr. Myers commends as valuable and conclusive.--Believe me, yours faithfully,

Alfred R. Wallace.


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Fourth of seven letters exchanged among Wallace, E. Vaughan Jenkins, and Eleanor M. Sidgwick (Mrs. Henry Sidgwick) on the "spirit entity" Nellie Morris. Printed in the October 1888 issue of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

2. Editor’s note on page 312 preceding the printed letters: "(The following correspondence has been placed in my hands by Mr. Vaughan Jenkins (Associate of the S.P.R.), with a view to its being printed here. It relates to the case of Nellie Morris, communicated to the June number of this Journal by Mr. Alfred Russel Wallace. I am unable to find room for the whole correspondence, but I have thought it best to print Mr. Wallace's letters in full,--partly on account of his scientific eminence, partly because I disagree with his arguments and conclusions, and should therefore be afraid of not doing justice to the former, if I attempted to abridge them. Of the other letters only portions are printed.--Ed.)"


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