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Record number: WCP3070

Sent by:
Robert George Kensington Wrench
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
29 May 

Sent by Robert George Kensington Wrench, Winchester to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 29 May .

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3070.3038)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 350-351
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Robert George Kensington Wrench Literary Estate.

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May 292

My Dear Sir

May I venture without presumption to thank you personally for your admirable letter in the Standard in the cause of truth and purity. In my keenness and despair I clutch at any straw.

I have fought for the last 25 years with success amongst the poor generally, but with very little result among the educated, they always knowing all about it without having ever read a word on the subject. I still live in hope that your [[2]] powerful advocacy may some day be listened to -- though what I believe would be most afficaceous [sic] is a strong protest from men with doctor[']s degrees.

I am convinced that vaccination is a matter on which most of my fellow creatures are mad. On no other subject do men dispense entirely with logic & common sense in argument[.] The nonsense of the press and of Parliament is as heart-breaking [[3]]3 as it is inexplicable.

Exemptions are always granted in this city and I hope to educate the lower orders -- most of our poor are clean -- I have read your literature largely[.]

Believe me | Yours very truly | R. G. K. Wrench4. [signature]


1. Page numbered 350 in pencil in top RH corner and "Ans[were]d." in ink in top LH corner.

2. Year not given.

3. Page numbered 351 in pencil in top RH corner.

4. Wrench, R.G.K. (dates not available) Author of Winchester Word-Book: A Collection of Past and Present Notions (Winchester & London, J. Wells and D. Nutt, 1891).

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