Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
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.