Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Edvard Alexander Westermarck [none given] on 29 January 1890.
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Wikman, Karl Robert Villehad. (1940). Letters From Edward B. Tylor and Alfred Russel Wallace to Edward Westermarck; Ed. With Introductory Remarks Concerning the Publication of The History of Human Marriage. Abo. 1-22. [p. 13-14]
Transcriber: Smith, Charles Hyde
Transcription date: February 6, 2013
Scrutiny: 08/02/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Parkstone, Dorset, England
Jany. 29th. 1890.
Mr. Edward Westermarck.
I thank you very much for sending me your excellent Essay on »The Origin of Human Marriage».--I have not studied the question myself, but I have long felt and believed that the theory of primitive promiscuity of McLennan, Lubbock, Tylor and others was untrue, and I am [] [p. 14] very much pleased at the admirable and thorough way in which you have exposed its fallacy.
Yours facts and your arguments seem to me quite conclusive and must, I am sure, carry conviction to most persons who have not committed themselves to the opposite view.
Yours very sincerely
Alfred R. Wallace.
1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: First of fourteen letters from Wallace to Edward Westermarck, concerning the writing of the latter's The History of Human Marriage. These were included in the article "Letters From Edward B. Tylor and Alfred Russel Wallace to Edward Westermarck; Ed. With Introductory Remarks Concerning the Publication of The History of Human Marriage" by K. Rob. V. Wikman that appeared in 1940 as Acta Academiae Aboensis Humaniora XIII.7. The Wallace letters make up the second half of the work. Note that there are several apparent minor editing errors in the source material that I have not bothered to correct.
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