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Appendix V. The Law of Cosmic Evolutionary Adaptation (A Law of God) / by W. D. Lighthall. -- 22 January 1945. -- Manuscript, signed, 5 p. -- The date of 1945 has been corrected in pencil to possibly 1947 but the correction is not legible. -- Lightall has noted that the appendix is for The Person of Evolution.
William Douw Lightall, lawyer, historian, novelist, poet, philosopher, anthologist, and editor was born on 27 December 1857 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was educated at McGill University. He practised law in Montreal from 1881-1944, became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1902, Mayor of Westmount, Quebec from 1900 to 1903, and president of the Canadian Authors Association in 1930. His first novel, The Young Seigneur; or, Nation-making, using the pen name of Wilfrid Châteauclair, was published in 1888. The next year his poetry anthology, Songs of the Great Dominion: Voices from the Forests and Waters, the Settlements and Cities of Canada was published. His Canada: A Modern Nation was published in 1904. In 1933 The Person of Evolution: The Outer Consciousness, The Outer Knowledge, The Directive Power, Studies of Instinct as Contribution to a Philosophy of Evolution was published. Lightall died on 3 August 1954.
The manuscript was removed from a copy of The Person of Evolution
purchased by McMaster University at some unknown time before December