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Record number: WCP5382

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Allingham
3 February 1878

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to William Allingham [none given] on 3 February 1878.

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18 July 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5382.6092)

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.

Feb[ruar]y. 3rd. 1878

Dear Sir

I have received from Colonel Henry S. Olcott2 an MSS article replying to Dr. Carpenter’s3 attack upon him in Fraser4 of last November, with the request that I will do what I can to get it inserted in Fraser.

The article is short, (perhaps 7 pp. of Fraser), it is perfectly to the point, it is brilliantly written and will I think be read for its literary merits only, and it corrects some important errors and misrepresentations. Of course I can say no more than [[2]] than that I think Dr. C.’s attack on Col. Olcott was unjustifiable and that he can fairly claim the right of reply. You must judge whether you will grant him the privilege in your paper.

If you will do so I will send you the article & correct the proofs, & will also alter any expressions you may object to; but I do not think there are any, for the article, though very telling, is good-tempered.

I remain | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

W. Allingham Esq.5

[[3]] P.S. As to who & what Col. Olcott is, I refer you to an account of him and his literary & official work by Mr. C. C. Massey6 the Barrister in the "Spiritualist" newspaper of Nov[embe]r. 30th. last.

A.R.W [signature]


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

2. Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907), American military officer, journalist and co-founder of the Theosophical Society.

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

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

5. William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet and editor of Fraser’s Magazine.

6. Charles Carleton Massey (1838-1905), barrister.

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