Ref NoDWC/1/8/2
TitleLetter from Alfred R. Wallace to Archdeacon Colley
DescriptionLetter from Alfred R. Wallace to Archdeacon Colley (1839-1912) a friend who had just ended an ongoing lawsuit, Colley v. Maskelyne. Mr Colley was appointed arch-deacon by the Bishop of Colenso he was a friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and shared with him an interest in spiritualism. Mr Maskelyne was a well know London based Illusionist. The plaintiff claimed damages for libel against Mr Maskelyne for asserting that he was not and never had been an archdeacon and Mr Maskelyne counter-claimed that he was deserving of a £1000 reward Colley had promised to anyone who could produce specific illusions, which he claimed to have managed.

Wallace congratulates Colley on winning his claim and comments on a photograph of a spirit Colley had sent to him, comparing it to an experience he, himself had had.
Date3 May 1907
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Related MaterialThe envelope for the letter can be found at DWC/1/8/1
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