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Record number: WCP3654

Sent by:
S. John Thorpe
Sent to:
Arthur Robert Hinks
17 May 1917

Sent by S. John Thorpe, Tyndall, Hermosa Road, Teignmouth to Arthur Robert Hinks [none given] on 17 May 1917.

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09 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3654.3557)

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

Held by:
Royal Geographical Society
Finding number:
RGS Corr. Block CB8 1911-1920 A.R.WALLACE
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the S. John Thorpe Literary Estate.

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May 17th 1917

Dear Sir

Thank you for your letter, but may I be pardoned if I say that your statement appears too sweeping:- "His opinions upon Vaccination, Vivisection & such like matters were utterly (!) opposed to the whole body (!) of Scientific thought". Medical opinions (!) are so unsatisfactory, on almost every matter, that we may pretty well think what we like. Every re-issue of the Pharmacopeia2 discards some exploded remedy (?). Quite a respectable body of Scientific thought "reject utterly & on scientific grounds Vaccination & Vivisection["]. What a Volte face the medical Profession is making in regard to alcohol. Apart from this, is a journal devoted to "Geography"3, the place for a biased reference to Dr. Wallace's opinions on Vivisection etc.?

Yours, with esteem | St. John Thorpe4. [signature]

A. R. Hinks4 Esq[ui]re


1. Page stamped "R. GEOG. SOC. Read. 18 MAY 1917" in top LH corner.

2. The Medical Act of 1858 required the General Medical Council to publish a book containing a list of medicines and compounds, to be called the British Pharmacopoeia. (Gk. Drug-making).

3. The Geographical Journal is a scholarly journal established in 1831, published by the Royal Geographical Society of London.

4. Thorpe, St John. No information.

5. Hinks, Arthur Robert (1873-1945). British astronomer and geographer. As secretary of the RGS, he also acted as editor of The Geographical Journal, holding both posts until his death.

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