A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Bevan, Deniz
Transcription date: May 6, 2015
Scrutiny: 06/05/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
Signed off: no
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 [] 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 [] 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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