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Record number: WCP3288

Sent by:
? J. H. Aubry
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
1 May 1910

Sent by ?J. H. Aubry, 48 Grosvenor Street to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 1 May 1910.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3288.3256)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46442 ff. 98-99
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the J. H. Aubry Literary Estate.

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1 May 1910

My dear Wallace

I have been reading your biography with great interest. It must be a source of very pleasant memories to you to look back & feel how much you have accomplished.

It surprises me however how much we differ, & it is an other illustration of [[2]] the [1 word illeg.] of our (or rather I should say of my) intellect.

In some cases indeed the difference is as to facts.

Your would I am sure for instance find that you have been misinformed as to thousands of dogs "being vivisected annually p. 392.

As to nationalisation of land do you not reduce it on p239 to a question of taxation?

Apart from the hardship of [[3]] socialism, have you considered the inevitable loss of freedom, & tyranny of bureaucracy which it would involve? You say for yourself are lazy which I should never have suspected. How much more so are others & how many there are who will do little or no work unless directly, or individually compelled.

AS to spiritualism my difficulty is that nothing comes of it. What has been gained by your seances, compared to [[4]] your studies!

I see you have a kindly reference to our parties at High Elms in old days which I often look back with much pleasure, but much regret also.

If you would give us the pleasure of another visit, do propose yourself, & you will have a very hearty welcome from

Yours very sincerely | Aubury [signature]

AR Wallace Esq

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