A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Merry, Sarah
Transcription date: January 7, 2013
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Frith Hill, Godalming
June 8th. 1884
Dear Mr. Windust1
Thanks for the Health Conference slip. I am sorry we have at present absolutely no one among our members who could properly represent the Society at such a conference & put forth our views with the force & fulness[sic] they demand. I trust we shall soon obtain some better class of man on our Council.
I shall not write my address, but deliver it from notes, & shall want it reported. Can you undertake this, as if not we must[?] have a regular reporter. I have been busy with some S. Kensington Examinations1 & have not yet begun to prepare [] my address. I want the Report of the Crofters Commission3 which was promised to be sent me. Will you get it at once, for the Society, & send it me, as I must read it carefully & give a sketch of it. Have you any Report of Mr Fred[eric]k Harrison's4 lecture in London to the Positivists in which he discussed <"Genge"?> & criticised me. I want to refer to his words. Mr Swinton5 has the news papers I am pretty sure. Will you look for them when you are next at his house. Also can you tell me if Mr Bryce's Scotch Mountain's[sic] Bill6 was talked out, or the house counted out7, or how it was got rid of? [] Any other notes of interesting facts Parliamentary or otherwise during the year which I might refer to would be acceptable.
I shall be always glad to hear from you when you have anything to suggest.
Believe me | Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
P.S. I was glad to see by the newspaper reports of the Health Conference that two or three speakers referred to the Land question as at the root of the matter. Miss <Granger's?> was one I think. But of course they were looked upon as more wild demagogues.
1. Possibly C. A. Windust.
2. ARW was Examiner in Physiography at South Kensington for many years.
3. AKA The Napier Commission. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Condition of Crofters and Cottars in the Highlands and Islands, appointed in 1883 in response to agitation by crofters and cottars in the Highlands of Scotland.
4. Frederic Harrison (1831-1923). British jurist and historian. President of the English Positivist Committee 1880-1905.
5. A. C. Swinton (d. 1905). Friend of ARW.
6. The Access to Mountains (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons by James Bryce in 1884. (It failed to get parliamentary time in 1884 but a full debate took place in 1892. It was never fully implemented despite several more attempts.)
7. To count out is to cause an adjournment in the House of Commons because a quorum is not present.
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