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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Ball, Nicola
Transcription date: July 28, 2014
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Parkstone, Dorset, England.
Jan'. 29th. 1890
Mr Edward Westermarck2
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 McLennan3, Lubbock4, Tylor5 + others was untrue, and I am very much pleased at the admirable and thorough [] way in which you have explored its fallacy. Your facts and your argument seem to me quite conclusive, and must, I am sure, carry conviction to most persons who have not committed themselves to the opposite view.
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Handwritten text added after the letter was written by someone other than the author.
2. Westermarck, Edvard (1862-1939). Anthropologist.
3. McLennan, John Ferguson (1827-1881). Anthropologist.
4. Lubbock, Sir John (1834-1913). Naturalist and financier.
5. Tylor, Edward Burnett (1832-1917). Anthropologist.
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