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Letter to Mrs. Nichols (S345a: 1881?)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Wallace's reply to a request from Mrs. T. L. Nichols to vouch for an imprisoned spiritualist. It was printed in the rather lengthy A Memorial to the Home Secretary in Behalf of Mrs. Susan Willis Fletcher, A Spiritualist, Unjustly Condemned to Twelve Months' Imprisonment With Hard Labour, probably in 1881. Original pagination indicated within double brackets. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S345A.htm

    [[p. 44]] Mr. Alfred Russell Wallace, F.R.G.S., the celebrated Naturalist and Author of one of the best works on Spiritualism, writes to Mrs. Nichols:--

"July 16, 1881.

    "Dear Madam,--My knowledge of Mrs. Fletcher is far too slight to render it proper that I should give any testimony as to her character of which I really know nothing, except by report. It appears that she does not want friends who do know her well, and esteem her highly. While believing her to have been wrongly convicted of any fraud in the matter, yet, in the present state of public opinion, and with the strong expressions of the judge against her, [[p. 45]] after hearing all the evidence, I much fear you will obtain no remission of her very hard sentence.--Believe me, yours faithfully,

"Alfred R. Wallace."

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