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Sent by:
Ryutaro Nagai
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
10 October 1913

Sent by Ryutaro Nagai, Waseda University, Office of the President, Japan to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 10 October 1913.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3034.3002)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 f. 285
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Ryutaro Nagai Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2



October 10th '[19]13

Dear Mr Walllace:-

Excuse me to introduce myself. I am a Professor of Sociology at Waseda University, Tokio [sic]. Lately I have read your new book, "Social Environment and Moral Progress"4, which is so interesting and inspiring that I wish to translate it for those Japanese who can not read English. Will you kindly allow me to undertake it? If so, not only I but also Japan herself will be very much thankful to you. In case you will give me your consent for my request, please tell me what I shall do toward the publisher. When my translation will be done, it will be published by our University Press.

[[2]] If you want to know more about me, please write to Mr J Estlin Carpenter5, Manchester College, Oxford, asking what I am. I have studied under his tutorship in Oxford for three years. Or Professor H. E. Egerton6 of Oxford University will tell you something about my knowledge of English. I have translated one of his works, which translation was published by our University Press about three years ago.

Apologising for troubling you and hoping for your favorable [sic] answer,

I am, Mr Wallace, | yours most respectfully, | R Nagai7 [signature] 8


1. Manuscript text in the top right hand corner of the letter reads "285".

2. Manuscript text diagonally in top left hand corner of the letter reads "Ans[were]d p.c. giving consent suggest writing to publisher for their also WGW [signature] Oct[ober] 26 1913".

3. Waseda University, a private university mainly located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1882 as the Tokyo Senmon Gakko or Tokyo College by Okuma Shigenobu, the school was renamed Waseda University in 1902 after the founder's hometown village.

4. Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1913). Social Environment and Moral Progress, Cassell and Company Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne.

5. Carpenter, Joseph Estlin (1844-1927). Unitarian principal of Manchester College, Oxford.

6. Egerton, Hugh Edward (1855 - 1927). Barrister and Beit Professor of Colonial History, Oxford University (1905 - 1920).

7. Nagai, Ryutaro (1881 - 1944). Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science & Economics of Waseda University in 1905. He studied in England from 1906 to 1909. After returning to Japan, he taught colonial policy and social policy as a professor at Waseda University. He later became a statesman, becoming a member of the House of Represenatives in 1920.

8. The manuscript is stamped "British Museum" in red just after the signature.

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