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Record number: WCP2634

Sent by:
John Stuart Blackie
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
21 July 1882

Sent by John Stuart Blackie, Kinnaird, Pitlochry to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 21 July 1882.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2634.2524)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 44-45
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the John Stuart Blackie Literary Estate.

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July 21. 1852

Dear Sir

I write this to say that I have just finished the careful study of your book on Land-Nationalisation -- and am happy to find it so much in accordance with my oldest and most mature speculation and -- what is of new[?] comparison[?] -- observations [[2]] tions with delight. I do myself the pleasure to present you with a copy of my recent work Altavona -- in which the chapter on the Sutherland Clearances -- is certainly at one with your general sketch of Landlordism in the Highlands -- As to your words for the gigantic [1 word illeg.], which our first system of Land Laws curtail, they recommend themselves strongly to every [[3]]2 every commited[sic] thinker. But should we not require a Bismark as a Von Heim[?], and a batch of Tera to boot, to buy short so accepting a change? If it can be done quietly it may say I think that the millennium is clearly arrived.

Sincerely yours | 3John S. Blackie4[signature]

P.S. What do you think Sellar -- "the [[4]] the autumn fellow" of your book, in the season of his sins is in such a huge rage at my printing Macleod's evidence in full. That they are threatening me with a provocation for [1 word illeg.], at loss[?] actually frightened by people's fear[?] into a disclaiming of the book, and a suspension of the sales! If I am to be called to account for speaking truth with regard to the Sutherland clansmen what will happen to you?

J. S. B.


1. 44 is written in the upper right hand corner.

2. 45 is written in the upper right hand corner.

3. To the left of the signature is a stamp depicting a crown encircled by the words British Museum.

4. Blackie, John Stuart (1809-1895). Scottish scholar.

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