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Record number: WCP5213

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Alfred Williams Anthony
15 August 1900

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Alfred Williams Anthony Cobb Divinty School, Lewiston, Maine, USA on 15 August 1900.

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15 March 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5213.5734)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
The New York Public Library
Finding number:
Alfred Williams Anthony collection. Manuscripts and Archives Division
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset. England

August 15th. 1900

A. W. Anthony Esq.

Dear Sir

Many thanks for your kindness in pointing out the stupid error in my book, which both press-readers, reviewers, & friends had hitherto overlooked!

It arose from some vague idea that the easier feat of sailing round the Cape of Good Hope must have been before that of crossing the Atlantic. In the book itself I have put no dates, but merely stated that the former was 500 years ago & the latter 100 years later. In the "Reader",1 I have given [[2]] the date of the former correctly, & still put Columbus 100 years later! It is a great kindness to an author to point out such stupid oversights which otherwise are apt to get passed over indefinitely.

Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Possibly the Wonderful Century Reader, for Alfred Russel Wallace's The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Failures (1898).

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