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Concerning a Ghost Story (S654a: 1908)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: An untitled letter to the Editor printed on page 348 of the June 1908 issue of The Occult Review. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S654A.htm

To the Editor of The Occult Review.

    Dear Sir,--Many thanks for the three numbers of the Occult Review. Just looking over them I came upon the letter (at end of March number) about the wonderful ghost story in All the Year Round. I consider this to be, without exception, the most remarkable account of the appearance of phantasms with a purpose I have ever heard of, and one of the most instructive as to the causes, methods, and difficulties of such communications. It was republished in a small volume by the widow of the gentleman to whom it occurred--Mrs. Thomas Heapley--with the very interesting correspondence between Dickens and the writer, as regards the first unauthorized publication of it in a mutilated form. It was published by Griffith & Farran in 1882, but I expect is out of print. As a mere interesting story I have read it again and again. An intimate artist-friend of the writer assured me of the thorough truthfulness of the authors, and the undoubted genuineness of the whole narrative.

Yours very truly,

Alfred R. Wallace.
Broadstone, Wimborne.

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