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Letter to the Editor Concerning J. W. Fletcher and Henry Slade (S327b: 1880)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor printed on page 155 of Volume 17 of The Spiritualist (London), in its issue of 24 September 1880. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S327B.htm

To the Editor of the Spiritualist

     Sir,--I beg to protest against the unqualified statement in your last issue that Mr. J. W. Fletcher was: "convicted of wilful untruth and exposed" in your paper a few months ago. I read the whole of that correspondence and accusation with great care, and, having previously an equal respect for both the parties to it, entirely without bias. It gave me great pain; but the conclusion I arrived at was, that the accusation was made on totally insufficient grounds and was supported by assumptions altogether incapable of proof, while the manner in which the correspondence was closed would lead many persons to think that the accusation you now make is more applicable to Mr. Fletcher's opponent than to himself.

     I trust however that the passage above referred to was inserted without your knowledge and that you will disavow it; for such reckless imputations and personalities--too common in the Spiritual press--do more harm to the cause of Spiritualism than the misrepresentations of its avowed opponents.

Sept. 20th, 1880. Alfred R. Wallace.

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