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Mr. Wallace and The Zetetic (S220a: 1873)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A brief letter to the Editor concerning Wallace's flat-earth nemesis John Hampden, printed on page 56 of the January 1873 issue of The Zetetic. Followed by the editors' reply. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S220A.htm

     Gentlemen,--Your paragraph in the The Zetetic of this month about my prosecution of Mr. Hampden is a gross and wilful mis-statement of the facts. The case is not yet disposed of. I did not press for an apology to be made; on the contrary I refused to accept one till most strong pressed by Mr. Hampden's friends.

     You may correct this mis-statement; or leave it uncorrected, as it is most congenial to the character of your paper.

Dec. 11th, 1872.

     [In one respect, we admit, Mr. Wallace is correct. Until he submits his proceedings to a proper tribunal "the case," assuredly, shall not be disposed of. As regards his accepting an apology "under pressure," we do not believe such "pressure" would have been borne, if in any way unpalatable. The concluding sentence of his letter unmistakeably proves that, among Mr. Wallace's many good qualities, that of the grossest impertinence is by no means the least prominent. --Eds. Zetetic.]

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