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The Society for Psychical Research and Spiritualism (S385b: 1886)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: An excerpt from a letter Wallace sent to his friend William F. Barrett; included in a long letter to the Editor Barrett sent to the journal Light that was printed under this title on pages 51-52 of the issue of 30 January 1886. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S385B.htm

    … when facts such as those under consideration, unrelated to existing knowledge, have to be examined, the progress must be expected to be slower still. I shall feel satisfied if in my lifetime I see so much as a general acceptance of the phenomena of thought-transference. But I am glad to know the opinion Mr. Rogers quotes is not shared by so distinguished and advanced a thinker as Mr. A. R. Wallace, who writing to me recently remarks: "I am not at all dissatisfied with the progress of the Society's work. The energy of Messrs. Myer and Gurney is admirable, and I feel convinced that if they go on much faster they will be classed with 'deluded Spiritualists,' and will get no more attention from the literary public than the Spiritualists themselves."

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