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Transcriber: Clark, Andrew David
Transcription date: August 1, 2014
Scrutiny: 01/08/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
10. Osborne R[oa]d.
I hope my presenting myself thus, without invitation or introduction, will not offend you, because I have so often thought I should like to meet you, and this seems to be the only way of attaining my desire.
The only reasons I can give, are, that I feel greatly interested in one of those gentlemen who so revolutionised [] Victorian thought as to make one's intellectual life much greater and grander than it otherwise would have been, that I am a socialist (Clarionette), and that I am a humble student deeply interested in life. I have recently read your "World of Life"2 which I greatly enjoyed, but upon which, I fear, I can offer no learned criticism. As a result of my reading I take this liberty, for which I hope my interest in your work will be some excuse.
If you would like me to call on you, will you please name some convenient times, and I will then let you know which time fits best with my duties. I am, bye the bye, the youngest Booking Clerk at Wimborne Station; possibly you may have noticed me.
Again, apologising for troubling you, | Yours resectfully, | Henry G. Young3 [signature]
1.Written diagonally upward from left to right in the top left corner of the page in an unidentified hand is "Answ[ere]d. Come when we have a servant".
2. World of life: A Manifestation of Creative Power Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose. Alfred Russel Wallace. First published in 1910.
3. No biographical information available.
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