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Sent by:
? Jane Barlow
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
13 February 

Sent by ?Jane Barlow, The Cottage, Raheny, Co. Dublin, Ireland to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 13 February .

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP3342.3310)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46442 ff. 225-226
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Jane Barlow Literary Estate.

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The Cottage


Co[unty] Dublin

Feb[ruary]. 13th

Dear D[octo]r Wallace,

I am returning The History of [1 word illeg.] with many thanks. It is very interesting in spite of all its literary defects. Your Land Nationalisation I have been studying carefully, and have seldom read anything that interested me more, especially so the parts relating to Ireland, from which I learned much that that I had not known. Mr Pim's statement (p150) about the reclaimers of the [1 word illeg.] of Forth struck me as being one of the most shocking of its kind that I had ever seen, though indeed the scarcely credible meanness [[2]] of landlords is constantly in evidence. I firmly believe in the principle of land nationalisation.

I have beg made a small beginning of my story, and am not satisfied with it at all, but I hope that it may improve as I go on, in which case I shall certainly re-write these first chapters. It has occurred to me that a possible incident might be an attempt on the part of the reforming landlord's family to have him declared a lunatic. This would bring out a point touched upon in your Wonderful Century. The abolition of private lunatic asylums seems to me a very urgently needed reform wherever they exist, but the prevalence of insanity unhappily makes the subject particularly important in Ireland.

I hope that you will forgive me for troubling you with these details. If I ever succeed in making [?] the book, it will be entirely due to your encouragement, but even if I fail, I am much better occupied in the attempt than in idling [[3]] over small things in an aimless way, as I have been doing for some time past.

Yours very sincerely | Jane Barlow [signature]

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