Editor Charles H. Smith’s Note: This essay appeared in the Reader issue of 17 June 1865; it was later printed in an expanded version in Wallace’s Studies Scientific and Social in 1900 (it is the oldest of the more than fifty essays included in that collection). Although little known within the overall canon of Wallace writings, it is one of the most interesting for the way it reveals his thought process at this point in his life. The question is, who is he really labeling “savages” here, and how is this related to the initiation of his study of spiritualism, which began directly after this essay was published? Original pagination indicated within double brackets. See more information on Wallace at The Alfred Russel Wallace Page,
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