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Record number: WCP1416

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Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Arthur Acland Allen
27 September 1900

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Arthur Acland Allen [none given] on 27 September 1900.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1416.1195)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/227
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

Sept[embe]r. 27th. 1900

To [Arthur Acland Allen]1

Dear Sir

I have duly received your Election Address for the district in which I am a voter.

I hold, strongly, that personal liberty and the sanctity of a man's home and family, are the most important of all political questions.

I cannot therefore give my vote to any candidate who will not do all in his power to abolish the Compulsory Vaccination Laws.

I have myself studied this subject for more than 20 years, and Chapter XVIII. of my book -- "The Wonderful Century"2 I have [[2]] demonstrated, from official facts and figures the absolute uselessness of vaccination as a preventive of Small-pox. But it is admittedly a cause of much suffering and many deaths annually, and is also the means of spreading many terrible diseases.

I submit, therefore, that, without a careful study of the evidence which I myself and others have published, no legislator is justified in enforcing, at the public expense, on unwilling, or even on willing, parents, a medical dogma -- especially as the [[3]] whole history of medicine is a continuous record of blunders and disasters.

Believe me | Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Arthur Acland Allen (1868-1939), a British Liberal Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament from 1906-1918.

2. AR Wallace, 1898, The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and Failures.

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