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Record number: WCP5379

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Editor of "Fraser Magazine"
1 November 1877

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to Editor of "Fraser Magazine" [none given] on 1 November 1877.

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18 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5379.6089)

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

Held by:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finding number:
William Allingham Collection: Box 2, Folder 299
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Rosehill, Dorking

Nov[embe]r. 1st. 1877

The Editor of Fraser’s Magazine2


Will you allow me to reply in your next issue to such of Dr. Carpenter’s3 statements in his article "Psychological Curiosities of Spiritualism" as affect me personally? I should not occupy more than a few pages.

If you would read my review of Dr. C.’s book in the "Quarterly Journal of Science" for July last, you would see that Dr. Carpenter’s present article confirms all I have [[2]] said of him. He writes like an unscrupulous advocate tying [trying] to conceal the real issue, & not like a searcher after truth. I and those who believe as I do, are desirous of the freest criticism, but we ask that such criticism be honest and dictated by a love of truth and of truth only.

I remain | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Written in different ink diagonally across the top left corner of the page.

2. Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country was a general and literary journal published in London from 1830 to 1882.

3. Dr William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), English physician and physiologist.

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