A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Klug, Benjamin
Transcription date: July 11, 2013
Scrutiny: 11/07/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Pen-y-bryn, St. Peter's Road.
Nov[ember]. 13th. 1880
Dear Mr. Massey1
I have received the sheets of the 1st. Vol[ume]. of your great work2 from the printers, but from a hasty glance at it I fear it is far removed from any subjects of which I have knowledge that my opinion of it would be of no value even if I could form one. For mythology & ancient lore I have never had much taste or, to tell the truth, much respect. It has always seemed to me that [] it is past time to investigate the endless gropings after truth of the ancients, when we have among us men of equal mental capacity who, with a far wider knowledge & comprehension of the universe start from a more elevated stand-point and arrive at more intelligible as well as at more probably & more harmonious results. At the same time philology has always had a certain fascination for me, & I shall read your book as soon as I can find time, with much interest. I have just been staying a few days with a friend [] of yours Dr. Norris of Birmingham3 with whom I spoke of you & your work.
I do not think there is any doubt that a work of such immense labor & research will attract the attention of a large clan of readers infinitely better able than I to appreciate its merits.
Thanking you for sending it me and for your letter
I remain | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Poet and writer Thomas Gerald Massey (1828 - 1907), a lifelong spiritualist.
2. Likely Massey's A Book of the Beginnings, which attempted to explain psychic and spiritualistic problems through the study of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
3. Dr. Richard Norris
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