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Record number: WCP5458

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
William Angus Knight
28 August 

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark's Crescent, Regent's Park, London, N.W. to William Angus Knight [none given] on 28 August .

Record created:
15 October 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5458.6188)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English.

Held by:
Morgan Library and Museum
Finding number:
MA Unassigned
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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9, St. Mark’s Crescent

Regent’s Park

London. N. W.

August 28th.1

Dear Sir

I thank you very much for your kind offer to receive me at your house during the meeting of the British Association, and I shall have great pleasure in accepting your invitation if you are still inclined to give it when you know that I am considered a [‘]great sceptic’, & am a disciple of Mill, Spencer, Darwin, Lyell, Huxley & Co[mpany].2

[[2]] I ought perhaps to have said nothing about this, but I hate hypocrisy, & we Southerners have no doubt exaggerated notions of the extreme theological views prevalent in Scotland.

I send you two of my papers, & if when you have read them you are still willing to extend me your hospitality, I will cordially accept it. [[3]]

I propose leaving London on Tuesday night, & ought to reach Dundee about 1:15 pm. on Wednesday.

As for accommodation, an old traveller like myself can be quite comfortable in a room six feet square.

Believe me | Dear sir3


1. The date is incomplete.

2. Wallace has written the addressee’s name at the bottom of the first page.

3. The page has been torn in half and the remaining part of Wallace’s valediction is missing.

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