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Sent by:
P. Walsh
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
On:
18 March 1911

Sent by P. Walsh, 24 Greenbank Street, Rutherglen to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 18 March 1911.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna

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LETTER (WCP2734.2624)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 260-261
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the P. Walsh Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2

24 Greenbank

S Rutherglen

18th May 11

Mr Wallace

Sir

I am a great admirer of your book on Land Nationalisation, and believe that if you could persuade the publisher to issue a 6d edition of it, it would have a phenomenal sale. I have been selling Socialist literature for the past 18 years and find that [[2]] it is much easier for to sell a thousand books at 6d than it is to sell 100 at 1/-. Again your book is not known as well as it deserves, and at the present time when there is a cry about the depopulation of country districts and the Highlands of Scotland. The time is very opportune for a cheap edition and fresh reviews to let the people know about such a book[.] It is the best book I know of re the Highland Clearances and Irish evictions.

[[3]]3 I was asking a school master re the Clearances, he said -- he said he never heard of them nor seen any reference to them in any School History, or when at College had he come across any history that dealt with the subject. I lent him my copy, when returned he said it was the most astonishing book he had ever read, and said he was convinced that most people were not aware of the facts contained in the book[.] During the past winter I have been quoting from it in connection with a Lantern Lecture which I [[4]] got together at the end of the season. I sold a number of copies by booming it after reading the quotation. Trusting you will give this your consideration

I am | yours Fraternally | P. Walsh4 [signature]

P.S. On the various visits of the Van under Mr. Hyder to Glasgow I am the person who sold literature for him. Sold him out on two occasions. P. W.

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1. "260" is written in the upper right hand corner.

2. "Answered" is written in the upper left hand corner.

3. "261" is written in the upper right hand corner.

4. Below the signature is a stamp depicting a crown encircled by the words "British Museum".

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