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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Royal Society
? ? 1908

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, [none given] to Royal Society [none given] on ? ? 1908.

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Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1908). The Times (London): 9. [p. 9]

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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]] [p. 9]1

...The highest award in the power of the society to bestow was known as the Copley medal, which this year has been awarded to Alfred Russel Wallace (cheers), who began his scientific career 60 years ago. Mr. Wallace has sent the following letter, which he had asked him to read:-

"Your very kind letter came upon me like a thunderbolt, for, of course, I had not the least expectation of any further honour, of which, indeed, I felt had already had more than my share. I have always felt myself to be a mere amateur -- an outsider in the ranks of science and, what is more, a great heretic on many subjects, which renders it the more extrordinary, and, of course, the more gratifying, that the greateast of all scientific societies should so pile its honours upon me. Pray convey to the council my sincere thanks for the great honour." (Cheers.)


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Wallace's letter to the Royal Society, read at their anniversary dinner on 30 November 1908, and later appearing in a story on the meeting printed on page 9 on The Times (London) issue of 1 December 1908.


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


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