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Record number: WCP5380

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Allingham
21 November 1877

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to William Allingham [none given] on 21 November 1877.

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18 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5380.6090)

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. 21st. 1877

Dear Sir

Thanks for Dr Carpenter’s2 extraordinary letter & Enclosures. As soon as I receive the proofs of my article I will add a few notes in reference to them, and will then return them. As Dr. C. divides his allegations among so many different publications, it is difficult to deal with them adequately. I will be very careful in my words, as I think I have been in my [[2]] article, I see Dr. Carpenter joins you with himself -- "having gone into this discussion, we must go on with it." From what you say it is evident that he is not justified in doing this.

Dr. Carpenter’s idea of what is "gentlemanly discussion" in himself and others seems rather peculiar, but I will not trouble you with any further observations on his letter which, having the facts before you, you are quite able to estimate at its proper value.

Believe me | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

W. Allingham Esq.3


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

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

3. William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet and editor of Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country.

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