Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Your correspondents, so far, seem to be totally ignorant of the fact that in every civilised country in the world there are millions of educated men and women who, against all their prepossessions and beliefs, have become convinced by direct evidence that the so-called dead do return; that every civilised country possesses numerous societies and many periodicals devoted to this inquiry and dealing with a vast mass of well-sifted evidence; and that there exists a literature of several thousand volumes devoted to it, for the most part as well written and as closely founded on observed facts as those dealing with any of the recognised sciences.
What should we think of people who discussed the future possibilities of electricity without even a rudimentary knowledge of it?
My only contribution to this discussion will be to name a few of the easily accessible books which set forth some of the evidence to which I have alluded, and without a knowledge of which no one can have the slightest pretensions to express an opinion upon the subject:
(1) "Report on Spiritualism," by the Committee of the Dialectical Society (cheap edition, 1873).
(2) "Automatic Speaking and Writing--A Study," by Edward T. Bennett (for twenty years Assistant Secretary to the Society for Psychical Research).
(3) "Psychic Philosophy as the Foundation of a Religion of Natural Law," by V. C. Desertis.
(4) "Footfalls on the Boundary of another World," by Robert Dale Owen.
(5) "The Debateable Land Between This World and the Next," by Robert Dale Owen.
(6) "Miracles and Modern Spiritualism," by Alfred R. Wallace.
I mention this last book because to my own knowledge many persons have, by its perusal, been led to study the subject practically, and have obtained through such study a complete assurance of the reality of "Life After Life."
--Yours very truly, Alfred R. Wallace.