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Record number: WCP1526

Sent by:
Walter Besant
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
18 July 1888

Sent by Walter Besant, Hampstead to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 18 July 1888.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1526.1305)

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

One of forty eight letters collated into an album by William Greenell Wallace [WP1/9/10 - WP1/9/59]. The album consists of "a selection of autograph letters written by people of note on the 19th century" to Alfred Russel Wallace together with some letters to other members of the Wallace family. The arrangement of the letters has been retained as in the album.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/9/26
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Walter Besant Literary Estate.

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12, Cayton Crescent,


July 18 1888

Dear Sir

I have always read many papers by yourself & others in the Nationalization of the Land and though I am no believer in any [1 word illeg.] by tinkering[?] the laws while the people remain unconvinced. In clan[?] sense[?] [1 word illeg.] that you have got hold of a indeed[?] [1 word illeg.]. Nil I hardly the [1 word illeg.] I can help you in advance the [1 word illeg.]. I am not as [MS illeg.]cuted with the actual[?] [1 word illeg.] [[2]] life -- Jefferee’s[?] wife have [sic] helped you -- in hardy[?] might but[?] I cannot -- and below[?] can[?] you of any[?] [1 word illeg.] and this realization I [1 word illeg.] a vast[?] gulf[?]. How are you going to push[?] across it? [1 word illeg.] not the land owned[?] but all hollows[?] of humanity[?] -- of many kind write h[?] arrayed as wi[MS illeg.] you and -- [1 word illeg.] felt like sewal[MS illeg.] -- [1 word illeg.] this dependent-upon [2 words illeg.] class. Therefore[?] I read your paper with great interest[?] & to[?] for[?] [1 word illeg.] modutued[?] -- with apparent & cruscent. [2 words illeg.] with you have for[?] years next [2 words illeg.] --

I remain dear the truthfully yours| Walter Besant1 [signature]


1. Besant, Walter (1836-1901). English novelist and historian.

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