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Record number: WCP2645

Sent by:
Henry Ebenezer Allen
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
3 November 1883

Sent by Henry Ebenezer Allen, 44 Marlborough Hill, NW [General Medical Council Office, 299 Oxford Street, London, W.] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 3 November 1883.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2645.2535)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 61-62
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Henry Ebenezer Allen Literary Estate.

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of 44 Marlborough Hill, N. W.

General Medical Council Office

299, Oxford Street, London, W.

Nov[ember]. 3, 18832

Dear Sir,

Please excuse my troubling you with a few lines, but having read your recent article in 'Macmillan' and Letter in the 'Daily News' I find you so exactly expressing what have been my views that I am anxious to ascertain if you can put me in the way of joining my association of earnest men for promoting such opinions. Some time since [[2]] I may mention, I became a member of the Democratic Federation, and attended one of their conferences but was disappointed & disheartened to find what an utterly impractical set of people they appeared to be, standing aloof from all existing organisations and regarding Radicals as their bitterest foes. I found I could not act with people who seemed to repudiate all practical and legal methods of advancing reforms and appeared to me to be [[3]] desiring, and waiting for, only a revolution to effect their objects. how revolutions, my study of History gives me no love for: they generally end only in bad despotism.

Still while regretting the impractically of this particular federation I am not content to stand by in inaction at this crisis. Though not story in health I should be glad to find an opportunity to work in favour of the oppressed masses, and take the [[4]] liberty of writing to you in the hope that you can point out some association with which I could work.

You would greatly oblige me could you have time for sending me any information.

I am, Dear Sir, | Yours faithfully | Henry E. Allen [signature]


1. Written in the top left of the page in an unidentified hand is " Answ[ere]d".

2. Written in the top left of the page, probably by Alfred Russel Wallace is " Land Nationalisation".

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