Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred
Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Letter Excerpt (S530a: 1896)
Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: An untitled note printed on page 2 of the 8 October 1896 issue
of The Aberystwyth Observer. To link directly to this page, connect with:
In acknowledging receipt of Mr. Morrison Davidson's latest volume "The Annals of Toil,"
Dr. Russell Wallace observes, "I was interested to find your argument in favour of the English
being far more Britons than Saxons, and I feel sure you are right. A populous nation, such as
England must have been after nearly four hundred years of Roman occupation and peaceful
development, could not possibly have been exterminated by bands of invaders coming over sea in
the small vessels of the time, to say nothing of the fact that they brought few or no women, so
that if they had killed all the men we should be still half British! I am inclined to think we must
really be five-sixths of British or Celtic blood."
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