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Letter to Norman Douglas (S707ae: 1922)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A portion of a letter to the writer Norman Douglas, whose 1922 book Alone contains a wide range of observations, including one of interest to students of evolutionary biology. The relevant portion of Douglas's remarks is reproduced below; Wallace's comments appeared in a note placed at the bottom of page 127. Original pagination indicated within double brackets. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S707AE.htm

[[p. 126]] . . . There are things in [[Arthur]] Schopenhauer which make one blush for philosophy. The day may dawn when this man will be read not for what he says, but for how he says it; he being one of the few of his race who can write in their own [[p. 127]] language. Impossible, of course, not to hit upon a good thing now and then, if you brood as much as he did. So I remember one passage wherein he adumbrates the theory of "Recognition Marks" propounded later by A. R. Wallace, who, when I drew his attention to it, wrote that he thought it a most interesting anticipation.1

     He [[Schopenhauer?]] must have stumbled upon it by accident, during one of his excursions into the inane. . .

Note (from Wallace) Appearing in the Original Work

1. Parkstone, Dorset. July 19, 1894. "Many thanks for your reference to Schopenhauer's remarks on Recognition Marks, which I thought I was the first to fully point out. It is a most interesting anticipation. I do not read German, but from what I have heard of his works he was the last man I should have expected to make such an acute suggestion in Natural History." [[at the bottom of p. 127]]

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Copyright: Alfred Russel Wallace Literary Estate.

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