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Record number: WCP785

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
George Charles Wallich
25 December 1876

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Rose Hill, Dorking to George Charles Wallich [none given] on 25 December 1876.

Record created:
18 March 2011 by NHM


Re. Wallich's letter to the "Daily News".

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  • letter (1)

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LETTER (WCP785.957)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-418783
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Rosehill, Dorking.

Decr. 25th. 1876

My dear Sir1

Your letter to the Daily news was much too general for them to insert, but I dont suppose that under any circumstances would they admit a purely personal attack except in reference to some matter quite fresh in the public mind. Neither would any scientific journal do so, except in reference to some new book or lecture of Dr. Cs2. There is however no difficulty in bringing the matter before the public, by means of a pamphlet, containing the facts carefully arranged and [[2]] with exact quotations & references, and you might very well include Dr. Cs totally unfounded personal accusations against Mr. Crookes3 which were so crushingly replied to by that gentleman in the Quarterly Journal of Science.

Such a pamphlet if carefully written, & avoiding personal abuse, would I have no doubt be well noticed by the press, & I think welcomed by many scientific men, to whom Dr. Cs. "little ways" [[3]] are well known. The pamphlet should be brought out handsomely, & be of an historical nature, & you must get a good publisher, & then I do not see why it should not pay for itself & perhaps leave a profit.

As you seem to feel so strongly on this question, why do you not adopt this course? If I can be of any use to you I shall be most happy.

With Compliments of the Season | Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

G.[eorge] C.[harles] Wallich M.D


1. Text which was added after the letter was written reads "Mr. Wallace".

2. Dr. William Benjamin Carpenter, physiologist and critic of spiritualism (1813-1885).

3. William Crookes, physicist and chemist (1832-1919).

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