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Record number: WCP5374

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Reginald Enock
December 1911

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] to Charles Reginald Enock [address not recorded] on December 1911.

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10 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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Enock, Charles Reginald. (1912). The Secret of the Pacific. T. Fisher Unwin, London. [p. 262]

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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] [p. 262]

It has been suggested that the fish carvings may indicate that these early immigrants held sacred some fish-god, somewhat as in the case of the early Peruvians. It is to be recollected that the large stone statue of Tiahuanako, near the Peru-Bolivia boundary, has a fish sculptured on its breast, as described before. Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, in a letter1 bearing upon this subject which he wrote me, speaks of "the resemblance of human sculptures on some of the earliest stone buildings of Bolivia with the Easter Island statue in the British Museum." This statue, it will be recollected, was brought to England some forty years ago by H.M.S. Topaze. "I was greatly struck by the resemblance," he says, "and in the drawing of the large gateway in Bolivia there are figures whose features resemble the very peculiar features of the Easter Island monuments, and have a very curious Caucasian aspect."

Note Appearing in the Original Work

1. December, 1911. [on pages 77 and 262]


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Portions of a letter or letters to C. Reginald Enock, reprinted in his book The Secret of the Pacific in 1912, on page 262. Enock's lead-in words are also printed to provide context.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith’s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S700AA.htm

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